You can keep your beautiful wood furniture pieces looking like new if you care for them correctly. The type of finish on the wood, not the type of wood, determines how to care for it, clean it, and repair damage; so your first step is knowing what kind of finish it has.

Dust your wood pieces often to remove airborne deposits that build up in a filmy layer and can scratch the surface. Vacuuming with a dusting brush attachment gently removes dust from furniture surfaces, preventing buildup. You can also use a clean soft cloth (microfiber towels work great!) or soft paper towels to pick up dust. Dust furniture before vacuuming floors. If the finish is water resistant, dampen your cloth to help pick up dust.

To remove surface dirt and grime, clean finished wood surfaces with a mild pH neutral detergent and water solution (e.g., a few drops of dish detergent in a cup of water) applied with a damp cloth, and dry immediately.

Do not polish your wood furniture more than 3-4 times a year unless it gets heavy use, and use a polish recommended for the type of finish used on your furniture. Too much polish may build up a cloudy, waxy film which will dull your furniture’s radiant shine.

Happy cleaning!

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