Eco DIY Ways to Clean Wood Furniture

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Today is a little different than our usual blog post. I have a guest poster from London writing about how to care for furniture and especially for vintage furniture.

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Еco DIY ways to clean wood furniture

Undoubtedly, having wooden furniture has a lot of benefits. To begin with, it gives your home a beautiful natural look that no other type of furniture can supplant. Wooden furniture is also more durable. That’s not all – the older your wooden furniture is, the more it increases immensely in value.
Yet, keeping wooden furniture in a spic and span condition is slightly more difficult than cleaning other types of furniture. As you all know, wood is the favorite meal of termites, and they can seriously damage your wooden furniture. That’s why, prior to cleaning your wooden furniture, you should get rid of any termites.
Now, there are two types of termites, and before trying to eliminate them, you should ‘get to know’ your termite. If the termite infestation is severe, I feel obliged to warn you that no DIY treatment will help you get rid of them – you should resolve to professional help instead. Otherwise, you have several options. Firstly, you can leave your wooden furniture in the sun. Termites are most powerful in dark, moist spaces, so if you leave your furniture in the sun, you’ll eliminate them for sure. You may also use orange and neem oils, as those contain acids which kill termites on touch. Pour any of the liquids over affected areas and you’ll effectively eliminate termites from your wooden furniture once and for all.

And now, let’s get to the cleaning.

If your wooden furniture isn’t polished, keeping it clean isn’t difficult at all – all you need is a dry cloth or a feather duster to dust it with once every few days. However, wooden furniture usually is polished and it’s when the wood polish starts to wear off that your furniture is at highest risk. That’s why you should know what to do even in such extreme conditions.
It turns out it’s pretty easy to clear and repair your wooden furniture even when the polish starts to wear off – all you need to do is boil two teabags of black tea and wait for the water to cool down. Soak a cloth in the tea water and wring it out until it’s damp. Polish your wooden furniture and you’ll be amazed by the results – all excess polish will fall off, and the wood will shine brighter than the sun thanks to the acids contained in the tea.
Now that you’ve removed old wood polish, let’s apply new one, shall we? Add one part of white vinegar to three parts of olive oil and polish your furniture. You’ll be surprised how good your wooden furniture will starts to look – and that magnificent furniture remedy is also a perfect salad dressing, too.
Wondering how to eliminate water marks from your beautiful wooden coffee table? We know you love mayo but did you know that it’s the perfect water mark eraser from wooden furniture? Well, now you do. Just scrub some mayo on the stain and let it dry overnight. Voila! – the stain should be gone in the morning.
We all know that whenever you shift furniture, scratches are inevitable. You can erase scratches from your wooden furniture with paste wax. The solution isn’t DIY, but it’s not expensive to buy and it’s said to contain no toxic chemicals whatsoever.
There you have it – the DIY guide on how to keep your wooden furniture in a spic and span condition without the use of any toxic chemicals. The key to keeping your wooden furniture in a top-notch condition is to maintain it on a regular basis. Never leave water marks to permeate through the wood and dust regularly with a cloth or a feather duster.
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