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