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Best Way to Clean Wood Furniture

Rosewood Table Close Up

Nothing smells more like a clean house than the lemony scent of furniture cleaner. 

But did you know that using furniture polish can actually damage your wood furniture? Here are some tips on how to maintain your beautiful finishes of your wood furniture.

Modern Finishes Protect The Wood

Today, modern wooden furniture is coated with a pre-catalyzed lacquer that's referred to as finish. It comes in high-gloss, semi-gloss, matte and a large variety of shades and colors.

Besides enriching the grain, it adds luster to solid wood furniture, protecting the natural qualities of the wood. Many of our furniture pieces are made from precious wood such as walnut and rosewood.

The finish also seals and protects the wood from moisture, dirt and regular use. 


These finishes are diverse and vary from simple nitrocellulose lacquers to more complex polyester resins.

All modern wood furniture finishes are long lasting and provide the protection your furniture needs.

How to best clean wood furniture

To prolong the life of your furniture, you should maintain it by cleaning it carefully.

  • Use a soft lint free cotton cloth dampened with water
  • Always follow the pattern of the grain.
  • Be careful not to clean your furniture with a dry rag as it can cause scratches to the finish.
  • Always use a light touch and rotate your cleaning cloth frequently.
  • In the event of spills, blot the spill immediately, do not wipe as this will spread the spill and may cause further damage. If the surface has not been damaged, clean the tabletop.
  • If you have a greasy stain on your laquored wood surface, clean it with a mild dishwashing liquid diluted with water and a soft cloth or sponge and then dry it immediately with a soft dust free cloth.

Hold off on the Furniture Cleaner

There is much debate whether or not furniture cleaner is good, useful or even needed.

We have been so engrained by advertisement that we spray or rub furniture cleaners or polishes to protect the furniture.

But with today's modern finishes, polishes have become obsolete and can even harm the finish with harsh amonia chemicals. But even natural beewax can built up over time on the surface and create more maintanance. 

So best to stay off completely. 

However, if you need to need to "polish" up the luster, a soft lamb's wool mitt and a little elbow grease will bring out the desired finish again.

What do you use to clean your wooden furniture? 

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