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How To Polish & Clean Wood Furniture

A little bit of care can make all the difference to your wood furniture. This article provides a guide to caring for, polishing & cleaning wood furniture.

Solid wood furniture is very popular in India, since it not only looks great, but can also last you a long time if taken care of properly. And you certainly will have to take care of it if your wood furniture has been in the family for several generations! But don’t worry, with the right strategy and cleaning products it’s simple to keep your wooden furniture looking it’s best. We’ve compiled a few tips and tricks on how to polish wood furniture and how to clean wooden furniture thoroughly to get you started.

How to Clean Wooden furniture

The tips below explain how to clean wooden furniture, but an essential part of everyday maintenance is to place protective mats or pads under them to prevent the wood from scratching – otherwise, your efforts will be in vain.

  • If you’re wondering how to clean wooden furniture on the regular without much hassle, regardless of the wood finishing, you should get rid of the dust first.
  • Make sure to attach a dusting brush to your vacuum cleaner to remove the dust on your wooden furniture to avoid scratching it. If you do not have a dusting brush attachment, opt for a soft microfibre cloth instead.
  • Then apply a specialized wood cleaning product – always follow the instructions on the label, and choose your product to suit the finish on your furniture. Read on to find out which to use.

Know your Finishing

If you’re looking to give your wood a good clean, then it is crucial that you know what kind of finishing you are dealing with to choose the right wood cleaner to purchase.

Some of the most common wood finishing types include varnish, wax, or an unsealed finishing. Always check the label of any cleaner to make sure that it’s suitable and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

  • Unsealed finishing should never be left wet, and the cleaner should be applied with a cloth, not directly on the furniture.
  • Varnish is sensitive to water as well – dusting with a slightly damp duster or cloth when doing a general clean is your best bet and for tougher stains you can use a specialized cleaning solution.
  • Wax demands a soapy wood cleaner – always opt for a targeted commercial product.
  • If your wooden furniture has a paint finishing, you’re lucky – this surface isn’t as sensitive as the other ones, and you can use a solution made with washing up liquid to scrub it.

Make sure to always test whichever cleaner you are going to use on a small spot first to make sure it won’t do any damage. When it comes to wood furniture, it is certainly better to be safe than sorry.

Key Steps:


  1. Determine what type of wood finishing you have before cleaning. If you can’t remember, consult the manufacturer’s manual that came with the furniture.
  2. Dust your wood furniture regularly with the brush attachment on your vacuum.
  3. Use a specialised wood cleaner designed for the type of wood you are cleaning.
  4. As a finishing touch, polish your wooden furniture to make it shine. To find out how to make your own homemade polish read on.

How to Polish Wood Furniture

There are many spray polishes which you can buy ready to use – in which case, apply according to the instructions on the label. If your furniture has a robust finish and you would like to try a homemade recipe, try the method below.

  • Mix 4 parts olive oil with 1 part white vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle.
  • Test the solution on a small patch first to see if it leads to the desired effect.
  • Spray the solution on a microfibre cloth and work it well into the wood – you will see the wood shine again instantly. This both cleans and polishes it, since the vinegar serves as a cleaner too.

Enjoy your freshly cleaned and polished wood furniture!


Top Tip

Wooden furniture is a beautiful addition to any home, and when it’s particularly old and beloved, taking good care of it is essential. Here at Cleanipedia, we recommend always opting for a targeted, specially designed commercial cleaner and polish over homemade products for the best, safest results.