Do you have bought a beautiful new wood furniture and now you wonder, how to clean it and take care properly? The type of finish on the wood is the most important thing, which determines how to clean your wood furniture and repair eventually damage. Buying new furniture, consult the finish and surface on the wood to prevent any future mistakes. There are three main types of woodfinishes. Soft type includes oils (for example Danish oil) hard type of finishes represent lacquer or polyurethane and the third one is painted. Let´s take a look at our wood cleaning suggestions and save your furniture beautiful for a longer period.
Wood furniture care
Oil finished furniture
Prepare cleaning solution by mixing distilled white vinegar, boiled linseed oil and gum turpentine. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and wipe the wood surface. Never apply the solution directly onto the wood. Let it work for a few minutes and then wipe off the residue. All residual oil must be removed, otherwise, it will attract a dust and become tacky. Don´t use the solution around the flame and always wear gloves. If your furniture is smeary, treat the sticky spots with cloth, soap and water.
Tools you need
Pint boiled linseed oil
Distilled white vinegar
Pint gum turpentine
Soap with water
Lacquer and polyurethane finished furniture
Avoid use of water and wet or oiled cloth. Lacquer finish must be cleaned always with a dry cloth, occasionally with a damp (not wet) cloth. Applying wax protects the manufacturer’s finish and helps to reduce surface scratches.Use past or liquid wax made specifically for furniture. Liquid wax is easier to apply than past wax, but leaves a thinner coating and need to be applied more frequently compared to past wax. Wax apply always in light coats to eliminate a cloudy appearance.
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Paint finished furniture
Paint finished furniture requires regular dusting with a damp cloth. Rinse with clear water and dry the wood surface before continuing. Avoid use of oil or oil containing polish. Waxes and polishes are usually not needed overall. Polish and hand rubbing can damage wood painted decoration.
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Dusting your furniture removes a deposits, that create a filmy layer and scratch the surface. To avoid scattering the dust into the air until landing back on furniture surface, use dampen cloth. You can also use a soft cloth or feather duster. Let´s see the variety of dusters which can be applied.
Treated cloths: Instead of silicon sprays, which are not suitable for fine wood furniture, use treated nonscratching cloths.
Feather duster: For delicate surfaces, such as mirrors, picture frames, and fragile collectibles, use a classic ostrich-feather duster.
Soft cloths: Clean cotton T-shirts also can be used. Dampen them to help catch dust.
Lamb´s – wool duster: Contains lanolin, which attracts dust and is very effective for dusting carved areas, that are hardly reachable for cloth.
Terry towels: Terry towels are great to remove any moisture left from damp cloth dusting.