You dust and shine your furniture regularly, but over time it will start to leave a dark film on your tables, chairs and shelves. You'll need to do a periodic deep cleaning to keep your furniture looking its best. Here’s how to clean wood furniture without damaging it.
Remove Old Polish
Knowing how to clean old wood furniture that has decades’ of buildup polish will help you restore the item to its original beauty. Steep two tea bags in boiling water. Let the tea cool to room temperature, take a soft cloth, wring it out in the tea until it’s damp and wash the wood. The tannic acid from the tea is great for maintaining the wood.
Remove Water Stains
There's always that one person who never uses a coaster. This is how to remove water rings from wood. Put some non-gel toothpaste on the spot and rub with a soft cloth till the stain is lifted. For stubborn stains, mix equal parts baking soda and toothpaste. Wipe the toothpaste off with a clean damp cloth and dry thoroughly.
Erase Difficult Marks
To remove an ink marks, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water into a thin paste. Apply to the stain and rub gently with a soft cloth until the stain disappears. Wipe the toothpaste off with a clean damp cloth and dry thoroughly.
Once your furniture is clean, wipe a layer of wood polish on it to preserve the finish and add shine. I would suggest using lemon oil for all your wood polishing needs. To use, pour it on a soft cloth and work it into the wood, wiping with the grain. Knowing how to clean wood furniture will help you keep your items looking beautiful for longer!