How to clean wood furniture?

Wood furniture is important for every household for maintaining different items and also improving the aesthetics of the place. This furniture are coming in a variety of sizes and shapes. Normally they are selected on the basis of individual likings for a particular kind of furniture. It will help in having the right furniture settled at the right location.

Different varieties of furniture are available which are categorized based on their application, appearance, aesthetics, and many more. Mainly, aesthetics is the first parameter that any individual notes about the furniture which is kept at any of the locations. So, it is required to have a proper cleaning mechanism that can maintain the looks of the furniture.

Required Tools and Materials

It is important that we have selected the right set of tools for performing the cleaning operation. This will help us to maintain the desired looks which our furniture has to offer. Even it will help us to ensure that our furniture is able to perform its desired function for a long period of time. A few of the materials and tools which you will require in the cleaning process are discussed over here.

Tools & materials
  1. Cotton Balls
  2. Dishwashing Detergent
  3. Sponge
  4. Bucket
  5. Clean Cloth
  6. Mineral Spirits
  7. Cheesecloth
  8. Wood wax
  9. Denatured Alcohol

Steps of cleaning wood furniture

Based on the knowledge of the kind of paint, stain, and other treatment which is done over the wood, one should select an appropriate method for cleaning wood. It will help in ensuring that we get the desired surface finish over the wood without causing any damage. As you follow the steps in a proper manner you can rest assured that you are not harming your furniture during the cleaning process.

Step 1: Dish soap

In this method, the water-moistened cotton ball is provided with a drop of liquid dish soap. This cotton ball is then wiped over the surface of wooden furniture. It can even include some of the inconspicuous parts of the furniture too. Check whether detergent mars the finish over the surface of the wooden furniture which is to be cleaned. If there is no effect then you can proceed ahead with the use of detergent.

When you see the effect on the furniture then you can proceed without the use of detergent over the cotton balls. One should know that soaking the wood is a common mistake done by a number of individuals which should be avoided. It is also required to ensure that liquid doesn’t linger over the surface of the wooden furniture. This will require a thorough drying procedure.

Step 2: Mineral Spirits

The next thing which you can try out over your furniture is using mineral spirits. It is possible to get these mineral spirits easily over any of the local hardware stores or even the home center. A single-quart container is normally sold at a price of $10 or $15. This makes it quite easier for any of individual to get mineral spirits for their furniture.

It is normally assumed that mineral spirits are harmless to wooden furniture, yet one should have a clear look at their effects. If you don’t find any kind of discoloration over the furniture then you can proceed with a clean cloth that is soaked in mineral spirits. Residual cleaner over the surface is wiped away by the use of a water-moistened cloth.

Step 3: Considering the refinishing operation

There are chances that your furniture might react negatively to the application of the mineral spirits. In that condition, one should move on and refinish the piece for restoring back the original surface.

Step 4: Prevent Future Damage

In case, you are satisfied with the kind of finish which you have obtained and are not willing to do further process then you can take steps to prevent future damage. In that case, reach for the wax product of the furniture which you are considering. Now apply the wax over the furniture with the use of cheesecloth. One should ensure that they are rubbing the cheesecloth over the surface of the wood in the direction of the wood grains. Next, you can buff the surface with the use of a clean cloth.


Thus, we can say that there are a few steps that one can follow to ensure that one can clean their wood furniture. Each of these steps is important to ensure that they are cleaning the surface without causing damage.

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