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How to Clean Wood Furniture

Caring for your favorite wood furniture piece, whether it's a distressed wood coffee table or a bed made out of wood veneers, doesn't have to be tricky. Follow these easy steps for cleaning wood furniture!

Step 1: Remove dust and loose dirt with a soft, dry towel

  • Regularly dusting your wood pieces will help to prevent the build-up of dirt and grime.
  • For a deeper clean, gently wipe down the surface with a damp towel or other lint-free piece of fabric.
  • Use a soft cloth, such as a towel or sock. Avoid feather dusters, as some can contain sharp, scratchy quills.

Step 2: Use a wood cleaner safe for your furniture type

  • Discern whether your furniture is made of 100% wood or wood veneers, and check the labels of store-bought cleaners to make sure they are safe for your type of wood furniture.
  • Use a towel to brush lightly the surface of the wood piece. Avoid soaking or letting the solution sit for more than a few minutes, as this can cause the solution to seep beneath the wood's surface.
  • You can also make your own wood cleaning solution by mixing equal parts vinegar, mild soap and warm water. Dip a towel into the solution, wring it out until it is almost dry, and then use it to wipe down the surface. As with all types of cleaning solutions, always test a small spot before proceeding to clean your wood furniture.

Step 3: Wipe off any residual solution

  • Few things can damage wood furniture quite like residual water or solutions. Always follow up a cleaning solution with dry, quality towels designed to pull and absorb moisture, such as microfiber or terry.
  • When cleaning or drying your wood furniture, always inspect your towels for lint before you start wiping. This will help make sure you don't inadvertently scratch the wood while cleaning.

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