Last week I shared how to care for metals in your home. This week, let’s chat about wood furniture!
First things first: different types of wood require different types of care. So before you get started on cleaning, make sure you know what kind of wood you are working with. It’s always a great idea to test cleaning products on a small, out-of-the-way area before you tackle the whole piece of furniture.
If you are hiding your furniture under a layer of dust, it’s hard to appreciate it, so go ahead and get out your dusting rag! Microfiber cloths are excellent for this, but any soft cotton rag will do. A few quick swipes can make a huge difference. And you don’t have to spend hours doing this. Set a timer for five or ten minutes, pick a room, and get done what you can. Ideally, you can get each surface once a week, but once a month is better than not all!
It’s time to polish! Again, you’ll want to make sure you are using the right product for the type of wood you have—these are not one-size-fits-all products. But they are the products I reach for the most often!
- Watco Rejuvenating Oil: this is ideal for wood surfaces that are oil-finished. It’s an easy wipe-on, wipe-off, ten-minute process to bring wood furniture back to life!
- Old English Furniture Polish: I love using this furniture polish anytime I notice things starting to look a little dull. It helps clean and condition furniture, plus it’s made to help protect against future stains and fingerprints!
Make sure you are treating your furniture right. Consider where it’s located in your house (direct sunlight or right next to a fireplace might not be the best option for furniture you want to keep in tip-top shape). Make sure you have plenty of coasters available if drinks will be near. If you notice a water ring or a scratch, go ahead and treat it right away. If you notice that the wood has dried out or a protective coating has faded away, it might be time to re-oil or re-wax.
- Mineral Oil: If you are re-oiling a cutting board, wooden cooking utensils, or anything else that will be touching food, make sure you use a food-grade oil (I use Howard’s Cutting Board Oil).
- Briwax Furniture Wax: Make sure you have a soft cloth and your arm muscles ready because you’ll need to really work the wax into the furniture for the best results!
- Furniture Pens: If you do get a noticeable scratch, a furniture pen or furniture touch-up kit can help you take care of it.
Well-made wood furniture only needs a little TLC to last for years. Take good care of it, and it can be in your home for decades to come!
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