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How to Polish Wood Furniture

Learn how to polish wood furniture and you could end up with something like thisI have a confession to make – I dream of a world where everything is made of self-cleaning, self-maintaining adamantium so it’s both indestructible and has its upkeep handled by, say, nanobots. Sadly, though, this nerdy sci-fi fantasy of mine is at least, I don’t know, a million years away so we’re stuck with wood and normal boring, rusting metals and no nanytes.

It’s a dire realization I had to make that without proper care my wooden furniture, left to me by my late grandma, would fall into ruin more quickly than Miley Cyrus (or whatever her name was that did that thing to shock everybody at that event… I don’t know – I don’t follow this kind of stuff, but you get my point). So, anyway, coming in terms with reality, I polished my wooden furniture and was so pleased with the results that I actually decided to write an article about it because: a) I would like to help as many people as possible with their wood problems; and b) why not? So, without further a due, here’s how you can polish your wooden furnishings.

The Preparation

Getting the proper items you need is crucial of the success of your quest so you need to take a few minutes and prepare, gathering all the materials and tools you need. Now, here there are a lot of options and I will present some of those I found worked magnificently for me. Keep in mind, though, that different types of wood and paint might react differently to the materials, so use at your own risk. Now that we’ve taken that out of the way, let’s delve in.

First thing you need is something to wipe with. Everything from an old rag to a microfiber cloth will do so you can keep your options open. I decided to use a microfiber towel for the best result but if you’re cheap, you can go with an old rag, like I said. You need to take notice to the fact whatever you use has to disposable because there is a significant possibility that you will never be able to successfully utilize it again.

After you find your point man in the form of a whatever cloth you will use, the next step is bringing in the cavalry, meaning the actual cleaning appliance you will use when you venture forth the cleaning process. Here you have a few options, once more. Ah, decisions, decisions… One is to use a commercial cleaning product for wooden surfaces. The upside is that’s it’s probably effective and will most likely spare the wood (I am saying “probably” and “most likely” because I can’t guarantee anything for every product out there). The downside is that it’s expensive and if you have a sensitive skin, it will probably cause minor irritations or in some cases – superpowers (but there have been 0 documented cases of that so far, yet we can’t lose hope).

On the other hand, if you’re into saving the planet and green cleaning, you can go for a homier option – olive oil and white vinegar. 1 cup of olive oil and ¼ cup of vinegar will be enough to clean many of the surfaces you have to polish. The upside is that it’s cheap, expensive and environmentally friendly. The downside is that you will definitely not get superpowers. Well, that’s all you need to know about preparation. That’s the first and most important step. The next one is execution.


Never apply the cleaning product directly on the wood – put it on the cloth and then carefully wipe until you reach the desired result. Do I really need to tell you how to do this? Don’t moist the cloth too much because the wood will expand and you don’t want that happening. Now go out there and polish!


About the Author: Connie Smith loves to write about her home improvement and DIY projects. She has lots of experience as a manager in a small cleaning company TopDomesticCleaners in London. There she learned how to handle different handyman projects.

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