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How to Polish and Maintain Custom Wood Furniture

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Homeowners have long relished the elegance, toughness, and versatility of wood furniture. Like the ideal gazebo in your backyard, wood furniture survives on its own, requiring little or no attention.

However, over time, solid hardwood furniture accumulates grime due to pollutants such as dust, grease from the kitchen, and smoke from cigars. When this happens, you will need serious cleaning that goes beyond dusting, to restore your custom wood furniture to its former glory. Such cleaning might involve polishing, staining, and sand smoothing to remove surface scratches.

Keep in mind that it’s the finish on the wood that determines the appropriate cleaning product to be used. So it’s important first to figure out what type of wood your furniture is made from. You don’t want anything that will do harm to your custom wood furniture.

Here are the three basic ways to clean your furniture:

  1. Use a commercial wood cleaner
  2. Use of dish detergents
  3. Use of Trisodium Phosphate

In this post, we are going to show you how to clean your wood furniture by use of commercial wood cleaners.

How to Clean your Custom Wood Furniture with a Commercial Wood Cleaner

Use of wood cleaners to clean your valuable furniture is the most effective way to restore glory to your old antique. Commercial wood cleaners can be found virtually in all home goods stores and also in most hardware stores.

Look for a product made specifically for removing wax and dirt. Examples of such products include mineral spirits and turpentine.These products work best at removing grime as they don’t react with the wood.

Here’s a step by step guide on how to clean your grimed furniture with mineral spirit formulations.

Step 1: Prepare the product

Most of the commercial wood cleaners work best in warm temperatures of around 70-degrees Fahrenheit. However, some of these products are flammable, and should not be heated over an open flame. Instead, put the cleaning bottle inside another container of warm water for around 15 minutes.

Step 2: Apply the cleaner

Most furniture, if well cared for will only need mineral spirit which should be applied using a soft, clean cloth. However, if the furniture has been neglected and has scratches and stains, you might need to use a super fine steel wool.

To apply the cleaner, dip a soft, clean cloth in the cleaner and wipe it gently over the surface of the furniture. Let it stand for around 10 minutes to allow the chemicals in the cleaner to react with wax and grime.

Once the film or the old wax has softened, wipe the wood with the same cloth to get rid of the residue completely.

Step 3: Repeat the process

If the wood cleaner fails to remove the grime completely, you may want to repeat the process.This might happen especially when the wood surface is stained or very dirty.

Step 4: Let the furniture dry

After you are done with the cleaning, give your furniture at least 24 hours to dry. You will only be able to see its luster when it’s completely dry. Only then will the full effects of your cleaning manifest.

Step 5: Polish your furniture

Now that you have totally cleaned your wood, you might want to enhance its looks with some polish. Again, I would encourage you to do some research on the type of wood before choosing the right polish.

Once you get your wood polish of choice, coat the furniture’s surface sparingly with polish.


Taking good care of your custom wood furniture not only prolong their years of use but also adds an aesthetic appeal to your home. By learning how to strip grime off your furniture, you will give new life to even the oldest antiques.

For more information on how to clean and maintain your specific wood furniture, talk to us. Having sold these brands of solid hardwood furniture for years, we know the best way to keep your furniture clean and maintain that shine.

And, if you have space for new furniture in your home or office, check out Rainbow furniture today. We have all the pieces of American furniture you need to transform the looks of your home.

A Touch of Elegance: 7 Interior Design Styles to Add to Your Living Room

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Your living room is a representative of your home. It’s not only where you spend time with your beloved friends and family, it’s also where visitors can get a glimpse of your life. Summer is about to arrive. It’s the season of barbecue parties and social dinners making now the best time to spruce up your living room before guests arrive.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are 7 interior design styles you can add to your living room.

Awesome Interior Design Styles to Refresh Your Living Room

1. Art

Art pieces are a great addition to your living room. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be an expensive art piece. There are plenty of beauty prints you can get without breaking the bank. For instance, art pieces with marble effect can give your living space that simple, elegant touch.

2. Lighting

There’s always room for lighting. You have a wide range of selection on the market. Be it desk lamp, floor lamp, table lamp, or pendant light, chances are you’ll be able to find a unique one to bring more light to your home. Just head to the nearest antique store.

3. Mirror

If you have a small living room, it can be tricky when organizing the furniture. You don’t want big furniture that makes the space feels more crowded. Besides opting for smaller pieces, try adding mirrors. They can reflect the light, giving the impression of a larger, more airy space.

4. Candle Holders and Vases

Small details can make a big difference. Some vases and candles holders can give your living room a more sophisticated look. Try to go for bright colors. If your budget allows, go for marble decorative bowls. Marbles are one of the classic interior design styles. You can’t go wrong with them.

5. Plants

A green living space isn’t complete without the existence of a few plants. For a big living room, you can add a few plants in the corners. But if you have a small space, some small cacti by the windows or coffee table would do the trick.

6. Pillows

A few pillows can instantly change the mood of a living room. Besides the practical value, pillows make the room cozier and inviting. Throw some brightly colored pillows into your living room and watch the space transform. Just make sure they match the style of other furniture.

7. Rugs

Rugs can become handy if you have a small living room. They create extra seats for your guests. In addition, a colorful rug, like the Moroccan style can brighten up the most monotonous room. Try to mix different rug textures together to give the space more character.

The Bottom Line

While there are many interior design styles to tune up your living room, make sure you study your space well before making a change. We hope you’ve found these suggested interior design styles useful.

We offer a great selection of furniture that can be a perfect addition to your living room. Visit here for more information.

5 Summer Home Interior Ideas to Make Your Rooms Pop

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With the days getting longer and the air getting warmer, summer is nearly here! That means that it’s time to start packing away those heavy blankets and dark colors to make way for sunnier vibes. Refreshing your home’s interior for summer means brighter colors, patterns that pop, and plenty of natural accents.

Maybe you just want to add a few accent pieces to your home. Or perhaps you plan to completely redo your interior. Either way, if the changing of the season has you wanting to refresh your home interior, check out these five trendy ideas to make your rooms pop!

1. Go Natural

One of the easiest ways to welcome summer into your home is by bringing the outside in with a pop of natural accents. House plants are a classic way to decorate your home. And with so many options out there, there’s a plant style that’s perfect for every taste and style. Go modern with colorful succulents or cacti. Give your home a tropical, beachside vibe with large-leaved palm plants. Or, go classic with ferns. Many plant options also purify the air of home, which means that your accents are doing double-duty!

2. Get Back to the Basics

There are plenty of fun summer trends that you could use to completely flip your home. But you’ll likely regret going all out with trendy colors and patterns when the season changes again in the fall. Instead, start with a natural color scheme, and add accents from there.

All-white walls, furniture, rugs, and linens have become very popular in recent years. This ultra-neutral base gives your home a clean, modern look that is easily customized by adding a few pops of color.

3. Add a Pop of Color

Whether you choose to go all white or opt for a different neutral scheme, going basic with your home interior makes it easy to follow this next summer interior trend. Adding pops of trendy colors is a great way to keep your home updated with the changing seasons.

For the summer of 2017, Primrose Yellow, Island Paradise, and Greenery are all great choices. You can also easily change out these pops of color each time the season changes–or whenever the mood strikes you!

4. Accent with Metals

Metals like brass, copper, and gold are making a serious comeback this year. Whether you use these metals for knobs on your furniture or purchase accent pieces coated in them, these will give your home a modern, sleek look.

5. Give Yourself Some Staycation Inspiration

Celebrate summer by using a beach vacation as your inspiration for your home interior. Choose tropical houseplants to accent your rooms. Decorate with seashells and other beachy accents. Or add some coastal-inspired furniture. Whether you go all out or just add a few accents, you’ll be giving your home a laid-back vibe that is sure to get you in the mood for summer!

Update Your Home Interior This Season

If you’re ready to update your home interior for the summer season, you should start with the furniture and work from there.

If you’re ready to find the perfect furniture for your space, check out Rainbow Furniture today!

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy American Made Furniture

You’ve finally decided to get a new dining table.

Partly because you want to revive your dining room, but also because you know that all it takes is one heavy plate of pasta and it might topple to the floor.

Furniture is a very important purchase for Americans. In 2016, Americans spent 96 billion dollars on home furnishings.

With this in mind, consider all your options when purchasing your next furniture piece.

One option that is often overlooked is buying American made products. Some shy away from purchasing because of cost or lack of knowledge about how important it is to support American brands.

Keep reading to find out five reasons why you should buy American-made furniture.

1. American made furniture helps the economy

Since the 1980s, furniture made in China has put a strain on American furniture manufacturing.

One way of combatting this problem is to purchase American made furniture.

Supporting American made products boosts the economy by creating and sustaining jobs for furniture makers.

Rainbow Furniture store has been around for over 80 years and continues to stand strong with the support of local buyers like you!

2. It has a higher quality

Have you ever heard quality over quantity? Well, in the furniture business American-made products are the creme of the crop.

Because of the high quality, prices may be more expensive than the cheaply made products from abroad.

However, don’t be deterred by the price tag. Furniture buying should be an investment, not an on the whim purchase.

Investing in quality furniture saves money over time because you don’t have to replace it often.

Not sure where to put that beautifully designed American made piece in your home? No worries, participate in our free interior design service.

3. It’s the environmentally-conscious choice

When buying furniture you may not stop to think how your purchase effects the environment.

American made manufacturers have to adhere to very strict environmental regulations to protect consumers. For example, the U.S. employs very strict testing of toxins in its furniture before being sold to the public.

Other countries that create furniture may not hold these same regulations.

4. Have a connection to the manufacturer

When you buy products overseas you don’t get a chance to have a connection to the manufacturer.

If you have a question about the product, you may have a hard time getting the question answered or worse, it may not be answered at all.

However, when buying American made furniture you have access to the manufacturer and can instantly build a connection.

Getting your questions and concerns answered in a timely manner is a great perk when buying American.

5.  American values in mind

When buying American products you know the standard of working conditions that were in place to make the product.

Some countries may not employ these principles and could result in long workdays, extremely low pay or worse child labor.

You don’t want that on your conscious, right?

Buying American allows you to stand up for what’s right by putting the money where your mouth is.

Instead of buying that cheap table, purchase something you know will last for years to come. And at Rainbow Furniture, we have all the pieces of American made furniture you need to give your home an elegant look.

Heirloom-Quality Wood Furniture

Manufacturer Showcase: Palettes by Winesburg

Rainbow Furniture in Fort Wayne, we pride ourselves in carrying American-Made furniture with many of our manufacturers being right here in the Midwest. Selling furniture made in the USA not only helps our local economy, it also means a higher quality furniture for our customers.

Bedroom and dining room furniture from Palettes by Winesburg, located in Dundee, Ohio, is just one of the many furniture manufacturers who make the heirloom-quality furniture that we sell.

Learn how Palettes by Winesburg makes their hardwood furniture, from wood selection to the finished piece, then stop into our Fort Wayne furniture showroom to see the quality for yourself.

A Guide to the Perfect Sunroom Furniture

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Sunroom Furniture

Ahhh, sweet, sweet Summer! It’s been so warm lately and the perfect weather to spend time relaxing in the sunroom away from the bugs.  Sunrooms are easily everyone’s favorite spot in the house and just because we live in Fort Wayne, Indiana doesn’t mean we can’t have a room that transports us to the Florida Keys! If your sunroom furniture is worn or outdated, stop in and see what we have available.

At Rainbow Furniture, our Braxton Culler line of American-made wicker and rattan furniture are high-quality pieces perfect for the sunroom or lake house.

Wicker and Rattan furniture from Braxton Culler can give your room that perfect beach house appeal. Is there anything better than lounging in a wicker love seat, sipping a cool mojito on a hot day? With the Braxton Culler wicker collection, you don’t have to go to the lake house to bring a hint of summer indoors!

Braxton Culler offers amazing wicker furniture in over 1000 fabric choices and 15 wood options. With that kind of versatility, you’ll have no problem at all finding the perfect piece of furniture to best match your style and space.

What is Wicker?

Wicker is a weaving process that maximizes durability in furniture. Wicker furniture usually consists of materials such as cane, rattan, bamboo, and reed. The weaved design allows for maximum strength and durability. Wicker dates back to ancient Egypt, where wicker baskets were discovered in Pompeii.

What is Rattan?

Rattan is a vine, similar to bamboo that grows in the Far East tropical islands. Rattan stems are solid, as opposed to hollow, which makes them the perfect material in which to construct high-quality furniture. The rattan plant is never actually harvested from the ground. When it comes time to harvest rattan, farmers simply cut the ends off, and the rattan regenerates quickly. Which means not only is rattan a great, high-quality wood, it’s also a self-sustaining resource that is very good for the environment.

Check out this video to see Tim Osborne of Rainbow Furniture discuss some of the top Braxton Culler Wicker Furniture options.

Fort Wayne Furniture Store

Not only does Rainbow Furniture store in Fort Wayne have a wide variety of great sunroom furniture options from Braxton Culler, we also carry many other lines of American Made furniture for every room in your home including Temple, Norwalk, Parker Southern, A.A. Laun, and many more! Come visit our huge showroom at 3206 Covington Road to see our entire selection of awesome high-quality furniture. Don’t forget to ask about FREE furniture delivery on all sunroom furniture or furniture for any room of your home!

View the entire Braxton Culler furniture catalog.

Go Green! Buy American Furniture! On Earth Day and Every Day

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There are patriotic and economically important reasons for buying American-made furniture: giving Americans jobs and using your dollars to make the US economy strong. As Earth Day on April 22nd nears, it’s a good reminder that buying American is also good for the Earth.

  • Fuel costs, gasoline usage, and pollutant emissions are significantly lower when goods come from the US, rather than from half-way around the world.
  • Less packaging is required than for items being shipped from overseas, meaning less ends up in landfills.
  • Workers are healthier and safer — American manufacturing regulations and worker safety guidelines are significantly stricter than in places like China or Bangladesh.
  • Your home and family are not exposed to toxins — lead and many more toxic substances have been found in products coming from overseas; American-made products are subject to much stricter testing before they leave the factory.
  • The planet is better protected: US regulations protecting the land, water, and air are stricter and more rigidly enforced compared to many overseas manufacturing countries.
  • You save money and help the Earth by buying better-made products, rather than cheaply made ones that quickly end up in landfills and need to be replaced.

At Rainbow Furniture in Fort Wayne, we are proud to carry product lines that are made in America. Visit our showroom this Earth Day and learn more about our beautiful, high-quality, Earth-friendly furniture. Keep jobs in the US and help the Earth stay healthy for future generations. Happy Earth Day.

Spring Home Decorating Tips

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Bring in Spring to add color and life to your home

We are all happy that brighter days and warmer weather are just around the corner. It’s time to bring that happiness and warmth into your home, too! Home decor and fashion designers are all about these color trends for Spring:

  • new-growth greens
  • water blues
  • high-energy yellows
  • soothingly-calm lavenders
  • and rose quartz pinks

Incorporate these happy colors and bring the cheery feeling of Springtime into your home with a few simple and fun decorating changes:

  • trade out winter features like heavy blankets and dark-toned accent pillows for lighter, brighter accessories
  • store away flannel sheets and heaving comforters and bring out the light cotton sheets and colorful or flower-patterned bedding
  • add a whimsical shower curtain and coordinating colorful towels to the bathroom
  • remove heavy drapes and replace with sheer, light-filtering panels
  • add bright pops of color by switching out or adding colorful vases, picture frames, lamp shades, dishware or serving pieces, dish towels, and cloth napkins
  • bring nature in by filling bowls or vases with fresh flowers, spring branches, seasonal fruits, and colorful pebbles

You can also make some larger, high-impact changes by painting a wall or two in a bright color, replacing large wool rugs with lighter versions, and rearranging furniture to focus on the window views (rather than the fireplace or the TV).

Spring Furniture Finds in Fort Wayne

As you brighten up your decor, you may find that it’s time to take a serious look at the feel and functionality of your home. We invite you to visit our furniture showrooms at Rainbow Furniture in Fort Wayne, IN  to view our selection of heirloom quality, customizable furniture lines. Our designer will help you find the perfect pieces to transform your home to perfectly welcome the warm seasons ahead.

President’s Day Furniture Sale in Fort Wayne

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Fort Wayne Furniture Sale

Need new furniture for your home? Now is the perfect time to buy during Rainbow Furniture’s President’s Day furniture sale going on now through February 27th at their furniture store in Fort Wayne.

Get extra discounts on custom order Norwalk Furniture – choose your size, style, base, cushions, and more. Plus, choose from hundreds of colors and styles of fabrics to create a sofa uniquely yours. Plus get storewide savings on furniture for your entire home including sofas, sectionals, recliners, entertainment centers, bedroom furniture, and dining room furniture as well as floor samples and closeouts. You’ll also get free local delivery and no interest financing for 12 months.

Save on American-made furniture from top manufacturers including Norwalk, Temple, Palettes of Winesburg, Carolina Custom Leather Furniture, and more.

Hurry in to save on the best selection during our big President’s Day sale. Visit our furniture store showroom on Covington Road 1 mile east of the country club.

Sectional Sofas

Sectional Sofas in Fort Wayne

Looking for sectional sofas in Fort Wayne? Rainbow Furniture carries high-quality, American-made sectionals from some of the best names in Furniture – Norwalk, Temple, and Best Chair Company. And, you can customize your sofa by choosing your arms, base, cording and fabric to make a sofa that’s uniquely yours.

Plus, you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a sectional. Our Best Chair Company sectional is less than $2000.

It’s easy to add more seating space to your room. Choose a sectional sofa with a cuddle seat or chaise for added comfort.

View a sample of our sectionals below, then stop by our Fort Wayne furniture store on Covington Road to see what else we have to offer and to start designing your custom sectional sofa today!