January 6th, 2016

You may have noticed how quickly your furniture can become dusty or dirty. Dust particles tend to gather on wooden surfaces rather quickly, and can only be combated with thorough and frequent cleaning. Here’s how you fight dirt build up using handy, non-chemical items:

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1. Isolate the furniture to an open area, since you will need space to do the cleaning. Recommended places are the garage or the backyard.

2. Before bringing the furniture to the cleaning location, cover the ground of that room with a large cloth. Cardboard sheets can work too. The aim is to avoid spreading the dirt around.

3. Now you can start the cleaning process. Use paper cloths to wipe the furniture as much as you can. You may opt to use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust from unreachable corners. Keep in mind, this should be done when the surface is dry.

4. Use lemon juice and olive oilin appropriate proportions and mix them together in a bowl. The olive oil should be used more than the lemon juice.

5. Dip the soft cloths in this solution and re-wipe the entire furniture. The initial wiping was to remove the upper layer of grime. The second wipe, with the solution, removes any dirt left on the wooden surface. Be sure not to soak the wood with the solution, as it may get damaged.

6. Wipe thoroughly but carefully. The furnished layer will come off with excessive rough wiping. Opt to use a toothbrush, dipped in the same solution, to clean the crevices.

7. Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe off the wood. Then, allow the piece to dry. Cleaning like this once every two weeks should make your furniture completely germ-free.

Tips
• If you prefer to use chemicals for a more thorough cleaning, you can use a mixture of turpentine, white vinegar and boiled linseed oil.
• Be sure to contact a professional if the furnish comes off, or if the furniture is many years old. Old wood tends to be sensitive to certain chemicals.
• If you are unsure of a cleaning solution, use it on a small area before using it on the entire piece.
• You may try Murphy’s Oil Soap as a great substitute for any furniture cleaning solution.


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