How to clean dirty wooden furniture?
Wooden furniture can quickly become clogged with dust and dirt if you don’t take care to clean it regularly. But do you know how to properly wash dirty wood?
In this article, I present to you my best tips and tricks for cleaning wooden furniture naturally.
1. Clean wooden furniture with black soap
Black soap is a very practical and popular natural product on 10-Truces. Black soap can replace dozens of household and cleaning products. An ecological and economical choice to make!
Here is how to use black soap to clean raw wood furniture:
- Pour into a good an equal amount of liquid black soap and hot water.
- Mix well and use a soft bristle brush with this solution to clean unfinished wood.
- Rinse the furniture well with a damp cloth and dry with a new soft, dry cloth to finish.
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To be sure not to damage the wood with the brush, you should rather use a cloth to clean the wooden furniture.
2. Clean wooden furniture with baking soda
If you like to test grandmother’s remedies, here is one based on lemon and baking soda to clean very dirty wooden furniture.
Here’s how to succeed with this bicarbonate-based cleaning tip:
- Cut a lemon in half and rub the clogged wood with the lemon.
- Then mix a little warm water with baking soda to form a semi-liquid paste.
- Then rub the wood with a cloth and this mixture of water and baking soda.
- Rinse with a new damp cloth and dry the wooden furniture to finish.
Care must be taken not to scratch the wood with this cleaning paste, as the baking soda can be slightly abrasive on the wood. For use on dirty wooden furniture as well as on « very » stubborn stains.
3. Clean wooden furniture with soda crystals
Another effective way to clean wooden furniture naturally is to use this trick with soda crystals:
- In a bowl, mix soda crystals and a little warm water (wear protective gloves).
- Once thoroughly mixed, use a sponge and this solution to scrub the grimy and stained wood.
- Rinse with a slightly damp sponge and dry with a soft, dry cloth to finish.
As the mixture can be somewhat abrasive, care must be taken not to scratch the surface of your wooden furniture.
4. Clean waxed furniture with white vinegar
Do you have waxed or varnished wood furniture that is particularly stained, dirty and difficult to clean? White vinegar can be a good cleaning tip to try on your furniture.
Here’s how to use vinegar on waxed wood:
- Pour a few drops of white vinegar on a soft cloth.
- Rub the wood, paying particular attention to the stains on the furniture.
- Rinse and wipe the entire piece of furniture quickly with another dry, soft cloth.
It is important to rinse quickly to make sure not to leave any traces of vinegar so as not to damage and or discolor the wood.
5. Tea to clean the wood naturally
I’m sure you don’t know this next trick… Using tea to clean wood naturally. Here’s how to do this grandma trick:
- Brew the tea of your choice and allow the tea to cool (several minutes).
- Take a soft cloth, soak it in tea and rub the varnished wooden furniture.
- Buff the surface with a dry, soft microfiber cloth to finish.
This grandma trick works on different types of furniture and varnished wood surfaces. It is a good solution for dusting and degreasing wood naturally.
6. Clean wood with turpentine
Turpentine oil is a product that can be useful as a household cleaner. It is therefore possible to use it to clean wooden furniture, but also to protect it.
Cleans, protects and shines wood!
If you need to clean wooden furniture that is very dirty then it is possible to combine ammonia with turpentine to make it even more effective.
- Mix equal parts ammonia and turpentine.
- Soak a cloth in this mixture, taking care to protect your hands with gloves.
- Scrub and wash the furniture, paying particular attention to grease stains and other stubborn stains.
- Pass a clean, damp cloth to finish cleaning the furniture.
This trick is effective on painted wood and varnished wood furniture. I recommend testing on a small, inconspicuous area to avoid damaging your furniture.
7. Clean wooden furniture with soap and water
To clean painted wooden furniture, simple soapy water should do the trick. Very simple, here’s how:
- Mix a little liquid dish soap with warm water.
- Rub the painted wood with a sponge or cloth (wring the sponge well).
- Then dry with a new soft cloth the entire surface of the wood.
It is important to dry well and remove the soapy water to avoid water and soap stains on the wood. Personally, I also use soapy water (lukewarm) to clean hardwood floors and floating floors.
8. Restore shine to wooden furniture with linseed oil
If you find that your wooden furniture is dull and lackluster then linseed oil is a great thing to try on the wood.
- In a bowl, mix linseed oil with a little rubbing alcohol.
- Using a microfiber cloth, rub and polish the furniture with the mixture.
- Let it dry for a few minutes and buff the wood again with another soft, dry cloth.
The oil of the in will restore luster and shine to your wooden furniture, and this, naturally.
9. Bleach to clean the wood…Really?
If your furniture is made of raw wood, such as pine, oak or cherry, you can clean it with a quackgrass brush and a little bleach.
Vigorously scrub the dirty wooden furniture to make it nice and clean. This is a homemade recipe for raw wood only. Do not use on stained or stained wood or worse on antique wood furniture. You have been warned!
Warning! We advise you to opt for this trick only to clean wooden furniture that is not of great value so as not to risk damaging it.
Instead, use bleach to whiten and brighten the wood!
You can also use bleach to whiten the wood. Add an equal amount of water and bleach and scrub the surface of the wood to be bleached vigorously with a brush. But be careful to always wear gloves to protect your hands from bleach.
It is very important to remember that old, antique or valuable furniture should not be cleaned with cleaning products. Antique wooden furniture can be extremely fragileso special attention should be paid to it.
A simple dusting is enough or at most a cloth lightly moistened with lukewarm water. So as antique wooden furniture is fragile and often expensive, be careful with homemade products and recipes.