Cleaning Wood Furniture

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Here are a few tips for cleaning wooden furniture such as a dining room table or chairs using products that you likely already have in your cupboard. The first step is to remove any surface dirt and polish that might have built up. For furniture that has a lot of small surfaces, such as wicker, rattan, or intricately carved wood, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment first. This removes the surface dust that can accumulate in the hard to reach areas. To remove the spray-on furniture polish, that tends to build up over time, and which can also dull the shine of the furniture and actually make it difficult to get a deep clean, you should do as follows. Boil two cups of water and use two teabags. Once the water has cooled to room temperature again, dampen a rag with the tea and rub down the wood furniture. (Obviously, do not add sweetener to the tea. This is for cleaning, not drinking.) Rubbing the tea on the wood will remove the dirt and the built-up polish. Some people also use vinegar in water. For large areas that need to be cleaned, such as wood floors, or a lot of furniture all at once, mix one to two cups of vinegar per gallon of water. Rub the wood with the vinegar water and wipe it dry. If you have dry spots in the wood, you need to moisten the wood so that it does not become damaged. Polish simply covers the spot, but to actually add moisture and improve the condition of the wood, rub a small bit of petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) into the spot. Let it sit on the spot for a few hours before you polish it.
A rattan chair can last for two to three decades if properly cared for, but can be a dust-catcher. Remember to vacuum first.

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