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Easy ways to clean and care for wooden furniture


Wooden furniture looks great in the home, but it often needs more care than other kinds. The good news is that day-to-day cleaning and maintenance are nice and simple - provided you follow a few easy-to-remember rules.

Before you begin

The number one thing to remember when cleaning or caring for wood furniture is that you need to know what type of wood you're dealing with. That's because different woods - and even different finishes - require different methods of care. Ignore this and you might well end up damaging your furniture, which isn't exactly the ideal reward for all your hard work!

Another useful thing to remember is that is always worth testing any cleaning product you're planning to use on a small area first - even if you've bought something specifically designed for the type of wood you have. This way, you can be 100 per cent sure it won't damage your furniture when you apply it properly.

Dusting and cleaning

Like most things, wooden furniture benefits from regular cleaning to keep it looking its best. For the most part, this will take the form of a weekly dust. Take a non-scratch cloth (a microfibre one is usually best) and dampen it with a little water. Gently wipe the surface, and you're done! For any nooks and crannies, you can use a small, dry paintbrush to shift any build-up.

In terms of cleaning, don't be tempted to use water or any cleaning product that isn't specifically designed for the kind of wood you own. Make a very gentle cleanser by mixing soap with water, and use a damp cloth to wipe any marked areas. Once clean, rinse very carefully and wipe dry to avoid streaks.


Polishing helps keep your wooden furniture looking its best. And, happily, you only need to do it once or twice a year. As always, apply the gold rules of identifying your wood and testing any products on a small, inconspicuous area before you begin. Start by dusting the surface to remove any muck. Next, gently rub the wax along the grain. Leave this thin coat to dry before buffing with a soft, clean cloth. 

If this sounds too much like hard work, why not call in a professional?

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