Dust and grime tend to accumulate over a period of time on any surface, including furniture. If you have old furniture tucked away, unused for a long period of time, or you've just picked up some used furniture at a bargain price, you will need to have the furniture cleaned before you begin using it. Instead of the commercially available cleaners, you can use a simple homemade cleaner made from handily available ingredients. To find out how to make this homemade cleaner and how to use it to clean wood furniture, read though the rest of this article.
Ingredients and materials.
- White vinegar
- Boiled linseed oil
- Plastic container
- Clean cloth torn into strips or towels
- Old toothbrush
- Large sheets of cardboard or plastic
- Safety glasses and rubber gloves
- Long paint stick
Getting started. The cleaning process should not be carried out in the house, site your cleaning project outdoors, in a place where there is ample light and ventilation. Cover the ground with a large sheet of cardboard or plastic and place the piece to be cleaned on this. Protect your eyes and hands with the appropriate safety gear to avoid the cleaner splashing or getting on your skin and eyes.
Preparing the furniture. Before using the cleaner, use old and clean pieces of cloth or a duster to remove surface dust from the furniture. You can also use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust from narrow crevices and moldings.
Mixing the cleaner. Mix one part white vinegar with equal parts of turpentine and boiled linseed oil in a large, clean plastic container. Stir with a paint stick until all three ingredients are fully mixed.
Clean the furniture. Use clean rags or towels to apply the cleaner along the grain of the wood. Ensure that the cleaner spreads as thin film on the furniture, without soaking the wood. For unreachable corners or moldings, use a toothbrush dipped in the cleaner.
Allow the cleaner to dry. Keep the furniture outdoors, while the cleaner dries fully. Once this is done, buff the furniture with another clean cloth until the wood begins to shine. Dispose off any leftover cleaner and the used rags and toothbrush safely and you're done.
This is a simple and inexpensive method of making sure that your wood furniture remains clean and looks as good as a new piece. Follow the instructions faithfully to keep your wood furniture shining!