Wooden furniture just accumulates dust, or so we think. They infact go through many more changes through their lifetime – mold accumulation, water stains and polish buildup being just a few. These simple home cleaning hacks and cleaning tips can keep them looking spiffy as long as they stay in your home.

Dusting and shining furniture is something we all do everyday, but overtime, the polish, moisture and dust combine to leave ugly and uneven stains. Deep cleaning furniture every once in a while is good, but must be done without damaging the finish.

Deep cleaning furniture generally involves the following steps;

  • Dust the furniture lightly to remove surface dirt
  • Next remove thicker dirt by mixing diluted dish washing liquid and water. Wipe with a soft damp cloth dipped in this diluted solution
  • Use a clean new cloth to dry the furniture thoroughly thereafter

In case of other stubborn problems, below are a few alternate solutions,

REMOVE WATER STAINS

Water stains usually form when a hot or cold drink is placed directly on wood furniture. Applying non-gel toothpaste directly on the spot, and rubbing with a soft cloth can remove the stain. For more stubborn ones, mix baking soda and toothpaste, rub deeply with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly.

REMOVE OLD POLISH

With most homes having antique pieces of furniture, it is essential to remove polish buildup over several years to get the furniture to look as good as new. For this, steep 2 tea bags in boiling water. When cool, dip a soft cloth in the tea, wring it out and rub over the wood. The tannic acid of tea removes any polish buildup and makes the wood shine.

REMOVE STUBBORN MARKS

Sketch pen marks, ink on wood is more common than you think and very difficult to remove. Mix 1 tbsp of baking soda with 1 tsp of water, make it a think paste and with a soft cloth dipped in this mixture, rub gently the stain till it goes away completely. Dry it off thoroughly once done. 

When the above cleaning processes are complete, wipe wood with polish to preserve the finish and make it shine. A simple wood polish can be made at home with 1 cup olive oil and 1/4 white vinegar. Use a soft cloth to wipe this into the grain and buff till shiny. The more we care for wood, the better it will age gracefully and retain its shine.

For more such uses of white vinegar, read here.

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