Most examples of wooden furniture will accumulate a decent amount of grime and dirt over time, especially in areas where the furniture is in contact with the human body i.e. handles, arm rests etc. One of the proven solutions to this problem is frequent, attentive cleaning. There comes a stage though, where regular cleaning is no longer effective in removing grime and dirt from wooden furniture.
There are more powerful homemade cleaning treatments that will cut through grime and dissolve dirt without damaging the wooden surface underneath. However, these methods should not be used on painted furniture. (If in doubt call a professional cleaning company)
Necessary materials and ingredients: boiled linen seed oil (NOT raw); turpentine, white vinegar, soft rags, old toothbrush, drop sheets, rubber gloves, small plastic container, paint stir stick, paper towels face mask and a vacuum cleaner with multiple nozzle bits.
The cleaning process:
–work outside or in a well-ventilated area;
-spread the drop sheet over your selected work area;
-wipe down the wooden furniture piece using damp paper towels, try and remove as much of the grime as possible but don’t get into too much detail.
-vacuum thoroughly al nooks and crannies where you cannot reach by hand;
-prepare the cleaning solution consisting of equal parts white vinegar, turps and boiled linen seed oil;
-moisten the soft rags with the solution and begin wiping down the furniture piece, try not to soak the furniture piece and wipe off any excess liquid as you go.
-repeat the wipe down as many times as necessary to get rid of dirt and grime, but don’t push too hard as you don’t want to damage the lacquered finish underneath.
-for nooks and crannies where the rag doesn’t fit use the old toothbrush, dab the brush in the solution and treat hard to reach areas, try and follow the grain as much as possible and wipe off any excess liquid.
–when you don’t see any more dirt and grime coming off the furniture piece you can stop cleaning, there is no need to rinse or wash the wood.
-let the furniture piece air dry completely, and then use a soft cloth to buff the surface and restore the shine.
Remember to dispose of rags and used materials carefully and accordingly as mineral turps is highly flammable, and so are the soaked rags drop sheets.
If you don’t want to use chemicals when cleaning furniture, use the materials listed above but instead replace turpentine with lemon juice, and linen oil with olive oil.