So you have bought a piece of chalk painted furniture or having painted it yourself, you are now thinking, how on earth do I keep it clean?! If you have painted it, you will have most likely spent hours and hours making it look absolutely stunning and even though it has that shabby chic, distressed look, you don't want it covered in little people's messy fingers, discarded food or water marks.
First thing first, you will need to make sure the piece is sealed, either with wax or a water soluble sealer (and oil based one will yellow your piece, great if an antiqued finish was the plan, less ideal if it wasn't). All of our furniture is sealed with Everlong one coat sealer, so that will make it water repellent and durable. If you are using Everlong Paint and just buffing the piece to bring out the in built wax it will not be as durable compared to a sealer/varnish but perfectly fine for table legs, drawer fronts, mirrors, or low traffic use table tops.
Chalk painted furniture is designed to be loved for years to come, down generations and it will over time naturally take on its own unique patina due to age, wear, cleaning and exposure to the elements. All of this adds to the character and charm of the piece, which is what we love about this style of furniture.
When using a sealer, either the Everlong one coat sealer or Polyvine, it makes the piece water repellent. Despite this, we recommend that you use coasters under water glasses and placemats on dining tables and you clean any spills as soon as you possibly can.
If you have buffed to bring out the wax, its worth remembering that wax will dissolve in alcohol, so avoid any alcohol spills and avoid using cleaning products that contain alcohol.
To clean your piece of furniture use natural cleaning products or a slightly damp soft cloth with a little mild soap. Do not use any liquid furniture polishes as they may contain dimethicone (a silicone which can cause cracks to appear in the paint). On tablestops, use felt on heavy pieces that have rough bottoms that might scratch the tops.
Though, sometimes kids just don't listen to you, so if one of them does leave a glass on the top and you get a lovely water ring or scuff, grab a sponge and buff it out. It will not get rid of the mark completely but will greatly reduce it's visibility.
While of course you should look after it, it's worth remembering that shabby chic is all about embracing the imperfections and enjoying its character, so don't stress if you knock it!
If you have any other questions, just let me know
Simone :) xxx