Shine like new: how to clean wooden furniture from dirt

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Wood in the interior creates coziness, but requires careful maintenance

Wooden furniture is a classic and elegant element of any interior. But to maintain its style, you have to take good care of such furniture. It is quite sensitive to various external influences, absorbs moisture, scratches easily and loses its pleasant characteristic shine. Improper cleaning can damage it, discolor it, or make it dull.

That is why it is extremely important to use appropriate methods and means of caring for wooden furniture. OBOZ.UA tells you about the most effective ones.

Start by removing dust

To combat dust, use only soft cloths and non-aggressive products. This type of pollution is easy to remove, it just appears constantly - and this is the main problem. That's why it's important to do this cleaning regularly. To make it a little easier, you can dust only visible horizontal surfaces on a regular basis, and clean the rest during a more thorough cleaning.

Remove stains immediately

As soon as you notice any dirt on the natural wood, remove it immediately. Use a cloth slightly dampened with a solution of mild soap and water. It is very important not to soak the wood with water, as this can damage the material. Gently rub the surface in the direction of the wood grain.

Fight stubborn stains

If the stain is old, it is best to remove it with a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar. Apply this solution with a soft cloth, gently wiping the stain. Do not use abrasives or metal sponges, as they can scratch the wood.

Do not forget about drying and polishing

After each wet cleaning, dry the furniture completely with a clean, soft cloth. This will prevent moisture from getting inside. To add shine and additional protection, you can apply a little wood oil or special wax to the surface. Always rub them in the direction of the grain.

Take care of your wooden furniture properly

Regular cleaning is the key to keeping your wooden furniture in optimal condition. So don't forget to clean it on time.

Avoid exposing wood to direct sunlight. They can damage or discolor it. Place wooden furniture away from windows or use curtains to block the light.

Control the humidity. Excessive humidity in the room can cause wood to warp, expand or contract. Try to maintain an environment with controlled humidity.

Use object stands and other protection. This will help avoid stains and marks. They can be left not only by food and drink containers, but also by heavy decor or other items.

Avoid aggressive cleaning agents. Always choose special substances designed for wood care or proven homemade products.

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