How to Clean Wood Furniture to Make It Look Brand New

Follow These Steps: 

  1. Start by wiping down your wood furniture with a barely damp microfibre cloth to remove dust and grime. You never want water to sit on the wood, so quickly wipe it down with another dry microfiber cloth. For regular dusting, a quick wipe-down with a microfiber cloth will do the trick.
  2. If your wood furniture has any spots with sticky residue, add a drop of dish soap to a microfiber cloth and test a tiny, out-of-sight section of the furniture to make sure the finish doesn’t get removed. If it’s fine, combine a few drops of dish soap with a cup of water and gently work on the gummy section. Avoid soaking the wood in water, and once the spot is cleaned, wipe the area dry with another microfiber cloth.
  3. In more extreme situations, you might need to try mineral spirits. Again, test a small spot beforehand to make sure it won’t remove the finish. Working in a well-ventilated area, apply a little bit of mineral spirits to a clean cloth and rub down the sticky area. And if that still doesn’t do the trick? You might need to consider refinishing the piece.
  4. Depending on your wood furniture, you might need to apply some wax to protect it and help keep its shine. Using a cheesecloth, apply a semi-solid wax (without silicone) to the wood furniture. Let the wax paste sit on the wooden surface for a few minutes before buffing it in with a clean microfiber cloth. Avoid polish sprays, which can leave a residue.