Here is how to care for your wood furniture safely

Do you wonder what the best techniques to clean and care for your wood furniture are? Here are tricks you absolutely need to know!


Wood furniture can be worth a small fortune if bought new. It is therefore essential to take care of them. Since there are many kinds of wood, it is important to use different products to clean wood furniture. Here are a few tricks to care for wood furniture and to make sure they can be used for a number of years.

1. Black soap

You probably know the cleaning properties of black soap. This product is a very practical product to use when it’s time to clean your house. You can also use it to clean wood furniture.

Here is how to clean raw wood furniture:

  • Take liquid black soap and pour some in a container.
  • Add 1 part hot water.
  • Clean your furniture with a soft bristle brush or a soft cloth.
  • Rinse your furniture with a humid cloth.

2. Eliminate odors in wood furniture

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  • Boil milk, pour it into a bowl, and leave it inside the furniture until the milk has cooled.
  • Fill a bowl with flour and mustard and leave it inside your furniture for a few hours.

3. Bleach

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Is your wood furniture made of raw wood (pine, oak or cherry wood)? Know that you can clean it with a dog toothbrush and a little bit of bleach. To do this, vigorously scrub your wood unit. Avoid using this trick on tinted, coloured, or antique wood.

4. White vinegar

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If your varnished wood furniture is dirty or stained, you can clean it with vinegar. Here is how to do it:

  • Pour a few drops of white vinegar on a cloth.
  • Scrub your unit with the cloth.
  • Quickly wipe your furniture with another clean cloth.

5. Tea

Tea is not only a delicious and comforting beverage, it can also be used to take care of your wood furniture.

  • Infuse your tea.
  • Let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Soak a cloth in your cooled beverage.
  • Rub the cloth on your varnished wood unit.
  • Polish your unit with a soft cloth.

6. Ammonia and essence of turpentine


Ammonia and the essence of turpentine are two ingredients you can use to clean marquetry furniture. All you need to do is mix the two ingredients together and to wipe your furniture clean with a cloth you soaked in the mixture. It is also a good trick to use to dust wood surfaces.

7. Antique furniture

If you have any antique furniture, you should avoid cleaning them with normal cleaners. You need to be very parsimonious when you take care of these kinds of furniture since they are much more fragile than the wood furniture you buy in stores. You can dust them or you can also wipe them with a humid cloth.

8. Soapy water

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Do you own lovely wood painted furniture? To clean it, all you need to do is use soapy water:

  • Mix a little bit of liquid dish soap with hot water.
  • Rub your wood painted furniture with a sponge. Make sure you mangle the sponge before using it.
  • Dry the unit with a soft cloth to avoid water marks and soap stains.

9. Soda crystals

If your wood painted furniture is very dirty and soapy water does not do the trick, you can also try using soda crystals:

  • In a container, mix a small amount of lukewarm water with soda crystals.
  • Clean your furniture with a sponge.
  • Dry the wood surface with a dry and soft cloth.

Take note that this homemade recipe can lightly scratch the surface of your furniture.

10. Here is how to remove a dent on wood furniture

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All you need to do is iron the dent!

11. Wool cloth


To clean waxed wooden furniture, all you need to use is a wool cloth. You can also use it to remove dust without damaging your unit. If you don’t have any wool cloths at home, microfiber cloths are a good alternative and are more affordable.

12. Lemon and baking soda

Lemon and baking soda can help clean golden wood furniture:

  • Cut a lemon in half.
  • Rub the surface of the dirty furniture with one of the lemon halves.
  • Mix a small amount of lukewarm water with some baking soda.
  • Dip the cloth in the baking soda mixture and wipe the surface clean.

This recipe is very effective. Note though that baking soda can scratch your wood furniture.

13. Coffee

Coffee, like tea, can do miracles for your wooden furniture. You can use cold coffee to remove grease stains as well as dust from your varnished wood furniture.

14. Here is how to remove grease stains on wood furniture

  • If your wood is waxed or raw, put some terre de sommieres stain remover on a grease stain. It will absorb the grease.
  • If your wood is plated or inlaid, use some talc, a paper towel and an iron (at a moderate temperature) to remove it.