How to Clean Wooden Furniture at Home
Wood furniture adds a classy demeanor to any room. But it equally demands high care for their long lasting life and looks. By frequent dusting and cleaning can avoid the degrading of wood and keep them good.
Dusting is very important for your wooden furniture. Removing the dust often will avoid airborne grime forming a filmy layer on the surface. Use clean, dry, and soft clothes/dusters to brush of the dust.
How To Dust Wood Furniture
It seems silly, doesn’t it? Dusting seems pretty straightforward. But there’s a difference between knowing how to dust and knowing how to dust well. The latter will ensure that your dusting doesn’t cause any scratches or marks on the wooden furniture.
• Make sure that you dust your wood furniture regularly – once a week or every other week is recommended, depending on the accumulation of dust where the furniture is positioned.
• Use a clean, slightly damp microfibre cloth and gently wipe the layer of dust from the surface, taking care not to press so hard that it may scratch. The reason behind using a water-dampened microfibre cloth, to begin with is to collect all the dust particles onto the cloth, instead of just pushing the dust around or into the air.
How To Polish Wood Furniture
Polishing your wood furniture only needs to be done every few months – at most, only twice a year! Polishing is important to protect your wood furniture and should not be used as a cleaning method. Instead, view it as a preventative measure.
• When using a new wood polish or wax, always test the product on a small unnoticeable area of the furniture first. Once you’ve found a reliable wood polish, there is no need to switch to other products if you can help it.
• Follow step one and two to dust and clean your wood furniture before you start polishing. This will ensure a clean and dust-free surface that is ready for polishing.
• Lightly rub the polish or wax with the grain, to create a thin and even coat over the surface.
How To Clean Different Wood Finishes
If your wood furniture has a finish, perhaps stained or painted, then your cleaning method may differ depending on the type of finish. You will have to refer to the furniture manufacturer’s recommendation. If you’re unsure of the finish, it’s always best to start as mild as possible with your water-detergent solution. Then graduate to stronger solutions until clean. This way, you have total control of the strength and can test each strength solution on a small unnoticeable patch to determine which strength your furniture can tolerate.