You can say goodbye to water stains, ink marks and polish buildup on your wood furniture by following these simple cleaning tips and tricks.
You dust and shine your wood furniture regularly, but over time, those polishes and dust combine to leave a dark film on tables, chairs and shelves. In order to keep your furniture looking best, you should do a periodic deep cleaning. But remember to clean wooden furniture without damaging its finish, especially with melamine/laminates covered panels.
Let’s start with the gentlest cleaner and move to stronger one as needed. Try mixing a weak solution of water and dish washing soap. Dip a soft cloth in the solution, wring it out and wipe the entire piece. You want a damp cloth, not a wet one. Don’t saturate the wood, and rinse your cloth often. Take a second, clean cloth and dry the piece thoroughly.
Remove Old Polish
You may revitalize an antique by knowing how to clean old wood furniture that has decade’s old buildup of polish. Steep two tea bags in boiling water. Let the tea cool to room temperature, take a soft cloth, wring it out in the tea until it’s damp and wash the wood. The tannic acid from the tea is wonderful for maintaining wood. You will surprise at how the wood will shine.
Remove water stains
Therea are usually some water rings on table wood where someone has put a hot or cold drink directly on. Put some non-gel toothpaste on the spot and rub with a soft cloth till the stain is lifted. For stubborn stains, mix equal parts baking soda and toothpaste. Wipe the toothpaste off with a clean damp cloth and dry thoroughly.
To remove an ink mark, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 spoon of water into thin paste. Apply to the stain and rub gently with a soft cloth until the stain disappears. Solutions also depends on each kind of stain:
|Wine||Hot washing soap|
|Rust/ shoes polish||Weak solution of vinegar or lemonade|
|Hair/ leather dye||Alcohol metanola|
|Stain||Hot washing soap|
|Tea||All surface cleaner or non-gel toothpaste|
|Food||All surface cleaner|
|Dye||Cold water, dried wipe then use alcohol metanola|
|Pen Ink||Alcohol metanola or acetone|
|Heavy wax/ grease||Xylene|