Cleaning the dining table, chairs and dresser is easier than you think. Here’s how to clean wooden furniture and make it look new in record time. One thing is certain: you will soon adopt this gesture into your daily life!
It is not for nothing that wooden furniture is an essential decorative element. Not only is it a durable option, but a wooden piece of furniture with timeless appeal. Obviously you will have to learn how to clean them the right way, whether you choose a light or dark, modern or traditional finish, in order to keep them for a long time.
While it may seem complicated to clean wood, there is a simple approach. When purchasing new wooden furniture it is essential to always ask the seller for advice on how to maintain it. Since each finish, stain, and type of wood is different, it is difficult to have a one-size-fits-all approach to cleaning them, but rather it is recommended to start with the gentlest cleaning solutions before adopting more abrasive ingredients. It is also recommended to always test new cleaners or products in an inconspicuous area before cleaning an entire table or chair. Follow the steps below to start cleaning your wood furniture.
- microfiber cloths
- Transparent dish detergent
- white spirit (optional)
- A semi-solid furniture product (optional)
- gauze (optional)
Follow these steps:
- Start by wiping down your wooden furniture with a barely damp microfiber cloth to remove dust and dirt. Water should never remain on the wood. It is for this reason that you will need to quickly clean with another dry microfiber cloth. For regular dusting, a quick wipe with a microfiber cloth is enough.
- If your wood furniture has a sticky residue, add a drop of dish soap to a microfiber cloth and test on a small area of the furniture to make sure the finish isn’t ruined. If so, mix a few drops of dish soap with a cup of water and gently blot the greasy area. Avoid soaking the wood in water, and once the stain is clean, wipe the area with another microfiber cloth.
- When stains are more ingrained, you may need to use white spirit. Again, test on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t smudge the finish. In a well-ventilated area, apply a little white spirit to a clean cloth and wipe the stained area.
- Depending on your wooden furniture, you may need to apply wax to protect it and help it maintain its shine. Using cheesecloth, apply a semi-solid (silicone-free) wax to the wood furniture. Allow the wax paste to sit on the wooden surface for a few minutes before wiping it off with a clean microfiber cloth. It is recommended to avoid spray waxes which can leave residues.
Note: As noted above, always start with the gentlest cleaning method and test on a small zine before applying it to the entire piece of furniture. In case the stains are impossible to