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How to Clean Wood Furniture

General Wood Cleaning

While dusting should always be done to enhance wood furniture, general wood cleaning will help maintain your wood's beauty. Once a year, wash your wood furniture with a sudsy solution of mild soap and water. Dip a clean, soft cloth into the soapy water and wring out. Work the cloth over a small area at a time, overlapping areas as you work. Next, rinse with a soap-free dampened cloth. Dry immediately with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Remember to always test areas in an inconspicuous spot first. Following manufacturers' instructions is key to preserving your treasured wood furniture.

Removing Water Marks

White marks left by water or steam make a bad impression on your furniture. Catching them quickly gives you the chance to erase them for good. Just follow these simple steps to wipe out those white marks:
  1. Grab a paper towel and spread a spoonful of mayonnaise on it.
  2. Press the mayonnaise lightly over the white mark; leave for 15 minutes.
  3. Lift the paper towel to see if stain is removed; reapply as necessary.
  4. For older stains, leave on overnight.
Please note:
You should always follow manufacturers' instructions for the particular finish of your furniture.
  • Always test in an inconspicuous spot first.
  • Oil can be substituted for mayonnaise.
  • Contact a refinishing specialist for older or stubborn stains.
  • For valuable furnishings, get professional advice from an antiques expert.