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.