Want to make sure your hand-hewn wood mantelpiece retains its rustic appearance and remains a centerpiece in your home for many years to come? A little care and cleaning can go a long way!

Declutter your mantel periodically.

Does your mantel tend to accumulate a lot of knick knacks and household items? A fireplace mantel can serve as a nice display area, but excessive clutter will attract dust and detract from the mantel’s appearance. Try to limit the amount of clutter on your mantel to make it easier to clean and maintain.

Dust your mantel once a week.

Dust is bound to build up on your mantel sooner or later, particularly if you use your fireplace regularly. Dust it once a week to keep it clean and allow the natural finish to shine through. You can use a basic duster or furniture polish to keep dust to a minimum.

Deep clean your mantel as necessary.

Every now and then, the smoke and soot from your fireplace will force you to treat your mantel to a good thorough cleaning. Fortunately, it’s simple enough to clean and protect your mantel with an oil-based wood cleaner.

Looking for an attractive wood mantelpiece for your home? At JH Yoder Timbers, we specialize in creating beautiful wood mantels with reclaimed materials. Browse our products online, or give us a call today to learn more.

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