Cleaning your wood surfaces sounds like it is a simple enough task to accomplish, and it can be, but there are a few tips you should be aware of to prevent starching or damaging wooden furniture or cabinets.
Kitchen cabinets see a lot of wear and tear. Grease, and food particles, over time, can easily build-up on the fronts of your cabinets. For everyday cleaning that will not warp wood or strip finish follow these steps:
- Mix equal parts (1cup) water and distilled white vinegar
- Wipe the outside surface of the cabinets with the solution and a soft cloth. (Make sure when cleaning that the cloth is only damp, do not saturate the wood with the mixture. This is to prevent warping.)
- To finish, go back over the cabinet surface faces and polish/dry them with a clean, dry cloth
- The same solution and procedure can be applied when dusting/wiping out the insides of your cabinets. However, the insides of your cabinets only need maintenance about once every few weeks.
Your wooden furniture, such as dining room tables, chairs, or end tables can be cleaned in several different ways. Along with the water/vinegar mixture, your wooden furniture can be cleaned using furniture polish, wax or oil-based wood cleaners. If you choose to use these products on your wood surfaces avoid cleaners that contain silicones. Silicones can soak into the wood’s grain and ultimately damage the surface of your tables. When using wood cleaners never rub a dry cloth over surfaces, this can leave scratches in the wood.
- Baking soda is a great “natural” substitute for cleaning off food particles on your wooden dining room table. The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive to gently scrub away heavy food build-up.
- Simply take a soft cloth and dab it into a dish of baking soda
- Lightly scrub the baking soda over the build-up
- Wipe away any leftover ruminates
Share with us what wood surface cleaning methods have worked for you.