Time and time again I have seen a HUGE no-no when I watch friends clean their coffee tables, wood kitchen tables and formal dining sets. They usually grab a can of furniture spray or polish and go to town. OUCH! Many furniture polish products can leave a film that actually collect dust over time. Many sprays and polishes create a reaction of the chemicals in that polish with the chemicals that were on the table’s surface when you bought it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a name brand, or if it’s made of oranges, lemons, limes, or pine trees… it’s unnecessary. Salvation Army Pickup
The best way to clean your wood furniture actually requires nothing more than mild soap and water. Yep, you read me right. Use a wet cloth followed by a dry one. It’s that simple. When dusting your furniture, use a damp cloth with only water, no soap. If there is a spot with grease, the you can add a mild non-detergent soap. I recommend the use of a good microfiber cloth. A microfiber rag will not leave lint behind.
If you’ve already ruined the surface with harsh cleaners, you may need the help of a furniture repair person who may need to resurface your table. If it’s a cheap piece of furniture, you may be better off touching it up yourself or donating it to an organization like Habitat For Humanity’s ReStore. Then you have an excuse to go shopping for something new for your home and you will feel better knowing that you donated your old piece to charity.
So, Phil Vinson is a seasoned veteran in the kitchen tables arena, and wants your feedback. Feel free to contact him with your thoughts and ideas on furniture.