Even if you know how to take care and clean your wooden furniture so they look bright and you know how to keep them in excellent condition. Your beloved pieces can suffer from some kind of damage or wear. In such cases, you will need help from a furniture restorer to have your furniture like the first day. If there is minor damage, you can always try to restore the wooden furniture yourself.
How to clean wooden furniture
Today we will talk about how it is possible to clean and keep wooden furniture clean.
Keep furniture dry at all times
Moisture can cause permanent damage to your wooden furniture, so you should take all possible measures to prevent:
Place protective covers on furniture if there is a risk of spilling liquids on the surface. For example, if you are having a drink or watering the flower pots.
Remove spills immediately. If you spill something on your furniture, be sure to clean them immediately. There is no time to dry on the surface and leave a stain or damage the fine finish in any other way.
Avoid condensation on the delicate surface of the furniture. Maintain a constant indoor temperature, keep the humidity level around 45-50 percent, ventilate the kitchen and bathroom steam.
However, if your furniture is well protected, you can inevitably pick up some dust, dirt and get stains, adhesive marks or fingerprints. To maintain its best appearance at all times ensure that it will not lose its shine. It is necessary to clean it regularly and use safe and adequate cleaning products. Some methods will not cause any damage to delicate parts.
All you need to do is often remove dust from shiny surfaces and clean them with a mild soapy solution when deeper cleaning is necessary.
For daily cleaning, it is enough to dust off the lacquer furniture with a duster or a soft, lint-free, microfiber cloth. Clean the surface using long straight lines, without applying too much pressure. If you find fingerprints or stains on furniture, use a cloth to remove them and gently wipe the surface again to give it its original shine.
It is also a good idea to clean lacquer surfaces with a damp cloth from time to time. Use only water and make sure the cloth does not drip. Gently clean the glossy surface avoiding circular movements. Be careful when cleaning the water droplets immediately, as they may leave streaks or stains when they dry. Use a dry cloth to polish the portion. Make sure the cloth you use does not have abrasive fibers that can cause fine scratches on the delicate finish.
If you have to deal with a grease stain or a sticky mark, or if your furniture has accumulated too much dirt, you will need an appropriate cleaning solution to restore the condition of your wooden furniture. Add a teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent to half a gallon of water, dampen a soft, lint-free cloth in the solution, drain it well and clean the furniture (remember to use straight movements and apply light downward pressure). Remove soap residue with a damp cloth, then polish the shine with a dry cloth.
It’s good to remember: once you’ve cleaned the surfaces, you may have to polish them too. Polish your furniture two or three times a year to maintain its beautiful shine for longer.
Cleaners suitable for wooden furniture
There are three different products that you can use to clean your furniture: waxes, polishes and silicone cleaners:
Silicone cleaners create a charming and lasting shine. They can seep into the surface of the furniture and make a barrier that does not accept stains or lacquers. Avoid any possibility of retouching the furniture.
Waxes accumulate on the surface and create a film that conceals natural beauty.
Some crucial tips for you to stay clean for a long time
- Always dust off the furniture before cleaning surfaces.
- Never use chemical cleaners, acetone-based products, or abrasive cleaners.
- Never use rough cleaning cloths for furniture.
- Never rub hard.
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