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Clean Your Wardrobe: Wood & Varnish

Clean Your Wardrobe: Wood & Varnish

Varnish has become increasingly popular in modern furniture, especially wooden wardrobe.
Here’s how to easily clean your bedroom furniture, wooden or varnished.

Supplies | Things To Avoid
Varnished Wood | Marquetry | Scratches

You’ll need:

  • Microfiber cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Cotton swab
  • Polish

Things to avoid

  • Never use an abrasive sponge to clean varnished wood.
  • Don’t use baking soda or other powdered cleaning agents.
  • Avoid spraying any products that may tarnish the wood and make it stickier.
  • Avoid bleach, chemicals and other acidic products. If you were to use an acidic product such as vinegar, wipe immediately.
  • Never rub a furnished wood furniture. Clean with soft movements.

Clean varnished wood

clean varnished wood

  • Using circular motions, without rubbing, use a microfiber cloth with some new polish.
  • If the furniture is sticky or very dirty, add a few drops of white vinegar to the cloth. The cloth should only be moistened with it. Wipe the cabinet as soon as possible.
  • You can also use a cloth used with cold tea.
  • To clean angles and corners, use a cotton swab moistened with water and just a tad of vinegar. Dry the area with another dry cotton swab.

Clean marquetry furniture

marquetry furniture

  • When veneer is applied to furniture to form decorative patterns, then a marquetry technique is done.
  • To clean a dirty marquetry piece of wood, use a cloth soaked in a mix of ammonia and turpentine.
  • Be warned that antique furniture, especially pricey ones, should only be dusted.

Remove scratches on wooden furniture

wood scratches

  • If you have scratches on your wooden furniture, you can gently go over them with a cotton swab soaked in solvent.
  • Use another swab, dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  • When the wood is dry, if there’s still a scratch, get another cotton swab, this time soaked in a mix of turpentine and olive oil to trace it.

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