If you own wooden furniture, there are several things that you must know when it comes to taking care of them and cleaning them. While this type of furniture does not require constant maintenance, you do need to clean them once in awhile to make sure they are long lasting. Try this homemade recipe, especially if you are the proud owner of the furniture by Ethnicraft Malaysia:
- How to make the wood restorer:
You’ll need: • 1/8 cup of flax oil • 1/8 cup of white vinegar (distilled) • ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice
How-to: • Mix the ingredients together. Apply the mixture on furniture using a soft cloth. Rub it gently.
- How to make the wood cleaner:
You’ll need: • 3 tablespoons of white vinegar (distilled) • 1 cup of filtered water
How-to: • Mix the ingredients together. Wipe furniture using a soft cloth and clean it good. It is better if you clean them first before you give them a polish and restore them.
- How to make the wood polisher:
You’ll need: • ½ cup of fresh lemon juice • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
How-to: • Make the polisher by mixing the ingredients in a glass jar. When cleaning and polishing hard wood furniture, apply the homemade polisher on them using a soft cloth and rub gently. Do not apply too much polisher, as it can ruin the furniture.
Furniture oils, cleaners, and oil polishes can help protect wood (they make the surface turn slippery, so that things like dirt or dust will not stick). For added protection, you can also use a commercial liquid and spray furniture polishes. However, avoid using cleaning sprays that are ‘all-purpose’ as it may contain ingredients that could ruin your furniture. Stick to oil-based cleaners and polishers.
There are some tools that you can use to dust your furniture, including cotton-made towels, lint-free and soft cloths, wool duster, and classic feather duster. To ensure the furniture stays clean, dust them off once or twice a week. Do not expose wooden furniture to the sun to avoid discolouration.
Cleaning wooden furniture only with water will not work as you will require ingredients that could penetrate through the wood grains and texture; something that is strong enough to wipe off the dirt or dust, yet gentle enough so as to not ruin the furniture.