All the Ways You Should Be Cleaning Your Wood Furniture, but Aren’t

  • June 23, 2022
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The cleaning products aisle of the supermarket has plenty of options for cleansing and polishing wood furniture. And while those formulated for use on wood get the job done, you don’t always need a dedicated product to get your mahogany desk or oak chairs gleaming. Here are some other ways you can clean wood—many of which involve items you may already have at home.

How to clean wood furniture with household items

As always, if your wood furniture is new enough to come with instructions from the manufacturer on how to clean it, follow those. Also, keep in mind that a lot of modern “wood” furniture gets its look fromfurniture/","metric25":1]]” href=””laminate or veneer, which may have different care instructions than solid wood.

Your best bet is to use a microfiber cloth when cleaning wood, because the material’s tiny fibers are able to grab more dirt and dust than other types of fabric. And start out with at least two (but ideally more), making sure to keep one dry.

Here are a few methods for cleaning wood furniture:

Routine/light cleaning

If you’re cleaning wood furniture that’s currently being used or displayed in your home (as opposed to a piece you bought at a yard sale and have to deep-clean), wipe it down with a dry microfiber cloth, buffing out fingerprints or smudges as you go.

For stubborn sticky spots, lightly dampen a microfiber cloth and gently rub the sticky area until it’s gone. If it still won’t budge, mix a small amount of dish soap with warm water, dampen your cloth in that, and repeat the steps above.


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