How to Keep Wooden Furniture Glossy And Gleaming
Wooden furniture is preferred by many homeowners, for its many desirable properties, including its strength, durability and especially its beauty. However, many owners of wooden furniture don’t know how to maintain its original, quality condition, which makes it dull and reduces its life.
One of the most important things to understand is that shiny wood is not necessarily clean. Over time dirt and oil can accumulate on the wood’s surface and eventually will give the wood a dull finish. The following method will show you how to restore and maintain the quality condition that your wood has been buried under the grime. If you have wooden family heirlooms you need to consult a professional restorer before you attempt our method.
Equipment + Material
You will need a vacuum cleaner, a hard brush, new microfibre cloths, a 5L bucket, white vinegar and olive oil or vegetable oil.
- Add half a cup of white vinegar to 2L of warm water.
- Soak a clean cloth in the water, then make sure you wring it well.
- Wipe the surface of the wood gently with the cloth, in a circular motion.
- Continue until the wood is clean.
- Using a dry cloth, dry and buff the surfaces, using circular motions.
In order to maintain the quality of the wood and keep its long life, it needs to be polished once or twice a year.
- Test a small area of your wood first, with the solution from the following step, to make sure it does not react with the wood
- Mix a quarter cup of oil (vegetable or olive is fine) with the same volume of white vinegar.
- Using a clean microfiber cloth, rub the oily mixture onto the wood, polishing it and making it shine.