Your wood furniture is essential. And if you care for it regularly, it will last a lifetime! Read these five tips on how to clean and maintain your furnishings and you’ll learn the difference between care for wood veneer and natural wood pieces.
- Mop Up Spills
If you or a guest spill a drink, grab a towel and mop up the mess as soon as possible. It’s vital not to allow the liquid to permeate the wood. If the beverage was sticky, use water to wipe the remaining residue from the wood. Microfiber towels can be particularly helpful to buff wood back to its original shine.
Avoid the condensation of beverages by putting coasters on all wood tables. Any bit of liquid can create a water ring.
- Tackle Water Rings
Water rings are one of the most common issues people face with their wood furniture. The first step in tackling your water stain issue is determining what kind of stain you have. There are two kinds.
If you have a light water stain, which you can determine by a white water ring, you can likely remove the stain with heat. Try following this cleaning tip:
- Grab an iron and put it on the lowest setting. Cover the stained surface with a cloth.
- Next, run the iron over the cloth. Move the iron in the same direction each time.
- Lift the cloth to see if you’re making progress removing the stain. The wood’s finish should release the trapped moisture and the ring should fade.
You can sometimes use this method to remove white watermarks on wood veneer furniture. However, you’ll need to apply a paste or pumice powder. It’s wise to consult your furniture manufacturer before removing a water ring, because this method can damage some wood veneers.
When water permeates beyond the wood’s protective finish, you’ll notice a dark water ring stain. Typically, dark water ring stains occur when you put leaky planters on wood surfaces, and the damage occurs for months without you realizing it. To resolve the problem
- Get a toothbrush and a dab of white toothpaste.
- Gently brush the entire stained surface until the watermark lifts.
- Dust Weekly
You’ll want to add dusting to your weekly chore list. Use a microfiber cloth to clean all the surfaces. The best practice is to start at the top and work your way down. As you clean your wood furniture, don’t forget to dust the legs and supports, too. You can use another cotton cloth to buff the furniture’s surface to enhance its shine.
- Remove Stubborn Grime
To remove sticky grime built up over the years on your favorite wooden furniture, try this approach. Note that this works on all wooden surfaces:
- Start by dusting with a damp microfiber cloth.
- Apply mineral spirits to a clean cloth and wipe the surface of the wood, going with the grain.
- Wipe away any leftover mineral spirits with another clean cloth and dry additional moisture on your furniture.
If you have wood veneer furniture, use a mild soap solution and apply it with a microfiber cloth. Work on eliminating the problem areas rather than cleaning the entire surface area. Stay away from ammonia-based wax and aerosol cleaners, as they can harm the wood veneer’s finish.
- Clean Ink Spots
Have you ever worked at your wooden table and taken notes with a pen, only to realize the pen bled through and stained the table’s face? What a painful feeling. Don’t get out your sanders quite yet. There’s a simple solution to remove ink stains from your wooden table tops.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda to create a paste in a bowl.
- Cover the paste over the ink stains and gently rub it on the surface of your table with a toothbrush.
- Allow the solution to dry and wipe it away with a damp cloth.
This should remove your ink stains. In the future, make sure you write with a notepad to avoid bleeding from occurring. If you have a wood veneer table, it’s best to check with your manufacturer for safe ink removal options. Your smartest approach is to avoid the potential of ink damage in the first place.
Make Your Furniture Feel Like New
If you adopt these five tips – cleaning up spills, dusting weekly, removing water rings, tackling grime, and clearing ink spots – your wood furniture will feel brand new. It will also last a lifetime.