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Caring for Children’s Furniture

Caring for Children’s Furniture

Children can be rough on furniture, there’s no question. However, just because your kids might make a mess or get things dirty does not mean that you cannot buy beautiful furniture and keep it looking nice. The key is to buy high-quality pieces that can stand up to a little rough-housing, to teach kids to respect the things you put in their rooms and to use good, solid, non-toxic cleaning products in order to keep the room clean.

Teaching Kids How To Care

Caring with kids furniture starts by choosing the right furniture, meaning items that are well built and meant to stand the test of time. If you buy inexpensive and cheaply made furniture, it is likely to become dingy, dented, scratched and stained beyond repair. If you look for good quality products that are well made, the furniture will tend to be easier to clean and will hold up better to the tough use that kids put it through.

Once you do buy nice furniture, the next most important step is to teach children to respect their things and to take care of them. Involve the kids in the process of picking out furniture if they are old enough, so they will feel more of an ownership stake in it and be more likely to care for it. Lead by example in showing them how you care for your own good furniture and explain to them why they need to appreciate their things and treat the furniture well. When you expect good behavior and don’t accept anything less, kids will quickly get the message and learn how to behave properly.

Cleaning Safely

No matter how good or careful your kids are, however, things are likely to get dirty. When they do, it is important to choose non-toxic and safe cleaning products that aren’t likely to cause your kids to suffer any ill-health effects as a result of exposure. Sadly, many people use harsh chemical cleaning products that get trapped in the air and make the home an unsafe place to be. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named indoor air as one of the top five sources of exposure to environmental pollutants.

To avoid having your kids be subject to unclean air, try to choose alternatives that are specifically touted as being “green” or non-toxic. Many different companies now offer safer, more planet friendly alternatives that use less chemicals and that cause less exposure to toxins. Be sure to look out for cleaning products that specifically indicate that they are environmentally friendly. You can also try to find organic cleaning products for the ultimate in safety.

When you cannot find environmentally safe cleaning products or when you don’t want to go to the added expense, you can consider making your own cleaning products, using safe ingredients that you find around the home. Vinegar can be a good disinfectant, for example, as can a mix of rubbing alcohol and water. Vinegar is also good for cleaning glass, like windows, in your kid’s room. When you want to deodorize a child’s room, consider using simple baking soda sprinkled into the carpet and then vacuum up after it has time to sit, rather than using a chemical air freshener. Plain old soap and water can also be used instead of harsher cleaning chemicals and it is even possible to make your own soap and detergent if you are inclined to do so. By choosing the right, safe products, you can keep everything from bunk beds to toys clean in a safe and efficient manner.