In this article, we will learn how to clean wood furniture without harsh chemicals. Although wooden furniture looks rich and has a timeless appeal, it requires periodic maintenance and conditioning to keep it’s smooth and glossy look intact. Commercial grade wood cleaners and polish can be used to restore the shine and grace of wood but these materials are highly toxic for wood as they produce harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
Alternatively, consider a natural, homemade polish for your wooden furniture as it is cost-effective, does not release harmful gases and is made with ingredients that are readily available in the kitchen. This stepwise article will guide you how to go about it.
Wooden furniture’s maintenance not only affects their look, but also their function. Poorly kept wood furniture tends to bend, dry, crack and split making it much less useful than a well-kept wooden furniture
Learn how to clean wood furniture:
It is time to say goodbye to water stains, ink marks and polish buildup on your wood furniture by following simple cleaning tips and tricks. You should dust and clean your wood furniture on regular basis, but with passage of time those polishes and dust combine to leave a dark spots on tables, chairs and wooden shelves. To keep your furniture looking its best, you need to do a deep cleaning.
Store-bought solutions aren’t always necessary for cleaning your favorite rocking chair or that antique end table. If you are using natural cleaners instead of store-bought solutions, your wood furniture should look good as new!
Is your wood furniture showing water stains? Use a mixture of equal ratio of white vinegar and olive oil. The wood’s grain rub with the mixture by using a soft cloth and then wipe off with a clean dry fabric.
Here we discuss how to clean wood furniture without damaging its texture:
- To remove surface dirt dust the furniture first. Now you are ready to remove light soiling.
- Always start with the mildest cleaner and move up to stronger ones as needed.
- Dip a soft cloth in the solution, squeeze it out and apply the entire piece. You want a moist cloth, not a wet one.
- Don’t soak the wood, and rinse your cloth often.
- Take a few second break, clean cloth and dry the piece thoroughly.
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How to Remove Old Polish
Knowing how to clean old wood furniture that has a decades’ old buildup of polish will help you revive an antique.
- Use tea bags in boiling water and let the tea water cool to room temperature. Take a soft cloth, squeeze it out in the tea until its wet and wash the wood. The tannic acid from the tea works wonderfully for maintaining wood. You will be surprised at how the wood will shine.
Remove Water Stains from Wood
When someone has put a hot or cold drink directly on a table. Stains appear on wood so here’s few methods to remove water stains from wood furniture.
- Put some non-gel toothpaste on the stain and rub with a soft cloth till the stain is raised. If stains are stubborn, mix equal parts baking soda and toothpaste. Rub the toothpaste off with a clean wet cloth and dry carefully.
Regular Care and Cleaning of wood furniture
Everyday care for wood is simple:
- Protect wooden furniture from water and other liquids, such as alcohol, food, or cosmetics. Coasters can be used to protect table surfaces as it works really well.
- Some experts suggested vacuuming with a brush attachment, but on daily basis cleaning with a dry, soft, micro fiber cloth does the better job. Cleaning with a soft cloth removes dust and stains, and it also gives a soft shine to the wood surface.
- To remove stickiness or light soil rub with a wet cloth. Now follow up by rubbing with a dry cloth instantly. Before you do this, test it in an ordinary spot because you do not want to damage the furniture. Never leave a moist cloth sitting on the varnished surface
For cleaning or choosing wooden furniture, you should keep these questions in your mind:
Which wood is recommended for furniture in Pakistan?
In Pakistan, people always prefer to have luxurious and comfortable furniture with long life of wood. Preferably, Walnut, Deodar, Teak, Chir Pine wood is recommended for hardwood and softwood from Fir Chir Pine, and Hemlock are used in Pakistan for furniture manufacturing.
Which polish is good for wood furniture?
Semi-solid polishes are the best for wood furniture. Often called “paste wax,” these products are contained a concentrated mixture of wax in an organic solvent or blend. Semi-solid polishes are stable materials as long as they don’t include silicone, we know silicon bond itself which creates so this is the method of choice for polishing wood furniture.
How do I choose furniture polish?
For cleaning in addition to dusting, always recommend a mixture polish. For equally long-lasting shine without the effort of using wax, choose a silicone polish. For better cleaning, always choose one of the combined silicone polishes.
For near permanent shine and scratch resistance, Choose wax if you want near permanent shine and scratch resistance, but keep in mind that wax is much more difficult to use because of the extra effort required to buff off the excess, and that a water-dampened cloth, not furniture polish, should be used for dusting so as not to remove the wax.
How to clean wood furniture? – Basic guidance
Wooden furniture’s maintenance not only affects their look, but also their function. Poorly kept wood furniture tends to making it much less useful than a well-kept wooden furniture. Always prefer to clean wooden furniture with homemade polish rather than commercial polishes but if you want to use solution based polishes than it should be according to wood quality.