It goes without saying that wooden furniture is a staple – each home has at least one wooden piece. They are expensive, but if treated well, they can be timeless. So, how does one make wooden furniture pieces last? It is simple – by cleaning them regularly or by hiring regular cleaning services. Sometimes all you need to do is simply wipe off the dust, but sometimes deep cleaning is required in order to breathe life back into your furniture. Thus, if you want to know how to do that, keep on reading. Here are some tips and tricks for cleaning your wooden furniture.
Remove the Dust
Wiping down all the dust is the easiest and the cheapest thing you can do when it comes to cleaning your wooden pieces. And, of course, this is something that should be done at least once or twice a week. However, you should not use just any cloth for this task. Towels and kitchen cloths tend to do more damage than you think when it comes to wooden furniture.
Our recommendation is to get one of those microfiber cloths. For regular dusting, use a dry cloth, and for removing some persistent dust or grime, wet the cloth beforehand.
Remove Sticky Residues
We can all agree that there is nothing worse than sticky furniture. However, spilling food or drinks on tables or chairs, and forgetting to clean them, is also something we have all done many times. If this scenario happened to you for the first time, do not worry, sticky residues are easy to clean. Again, take that same microfiber cloth, add some water and dish soap to it, and gently work on that sticky section. Just be careful as some types of furniture have finishes that can be removed with dish soap.
So, try this method first on some tiny, out-of-sight, part of your wooden piece. If you notice that the finish is ‘dissolving’, stay away from soaps and different cleaning solutions, and simply use a damp microfiber cloth. Do not forget to wipe down everything with a dry microfiber cloth as well – wood does not like water! Trust us, if you use too much water on your wooden furniture, you will have to deal with mold prevention too.
Remove Water Stains
Whether you plan on moving, selling your furniture, or placing it in storage for some time, dusting and removing sticky residues is a must. It is one of those tricks for storing these types of pieces that will prolong the life of your wooden furniture and make it look more appealing.
However, as previously mentioned, some of your pieces may have sustained some damage and require a deeper clean. This is the case with water stains. You know, those circles that appear on your table after you have placed a very hot or cold drink and forgot to use a coaster. To clean this, try rubbing a dab of toothpaste with a microfiber cloth on that stain. If that does not work, mix the toothpaste with some baking soda, and repeat the process.
Remove Old Polish
If you notice that the surface of your wooden furniture pieces is looking a bit patchy and uneven, it is not the end of the world. Your furniture just needs a bit of care and love. And, some tea!
Again, this is not a difficult nor time-consuming process. Simply add two or three bags of tea in boiling water, and let it cool to room temperature. Get your microfiber cloth, soak it in tea until damp, and wash the entire wooden surface. The excess of that decades-old buildup of polish will disappear and your wooden piece will look shiny and smooth again. You cannot go wrong with this cleaning step – wood loves tea!
Erase Ink Marks
If you work from home or you have smaller children who love arts and crafts, your wooden tables probably have a lot of ink marks on them, right? Well, probably. Ink marks may be difficult to clean and may require a deep cleaning, especially if that ink has sunk into the polish or wood itself.
To clean ink marks, try making a paste of water and baking soda first. Rub this paste onto the ‘dirty’ area of your wooden piece and start rubbing. However, if the stain is persistent, you might need to use sandpaper to sand down your entire wooden piece and then re-polish everything. However, be careful, as you need to get the right kind of polish for your furniture piece. If you have never done this before, talk to an expert (somebody from the hardware store, for example).
Apply Wax or Wood Polish
As mentioned previously, applying wax or wood polish is necessary after sanding the wooden surfaces. But, even if you do not have persistent stains lingering onto your wooden furniture, it would not hurt to re-wax or re-polish everything, at least once in 5, or even 10 years. That way, you will not only rejuvenate your furniture but also prolong its lifespan. You can use regular furniture wax just to make everything shiny and smooth again. And, you can use wood polish to add a touch of color, or even to completely change the color of your table, chair, dresser, or something else entirely.