How to Clean Cherry Wood Furniture

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How to Clean Cherry Wood Furniture
Proper care for your cherry furniture will help it last a lifetime. (wood cherry bedroom image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from

While cherry furniture can be quite an investment, its proper care and cleaning can help it last a lifetime. Because the nature of cherry differs from other woods, it requires slightly different maintenance than most other pieces of furniture. Treat scratches, nicks and stains promptly to keep your cherry furniture attractive for decades.

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Things you need

  • Furniture polish
  • Ammonia
  • Towel
  • Iron
  • Furniture wax
  • Non-alkaline soap
  • Lemon juice
  • Cigarette ash
  • Q-tips or cotton swabs
  • Red shoe polish
  • Iodine
  • Soft cloth
  • Ice cubes
  • Putty knife
  • White toothpaste
  • Mayonnaise
  • Creamy peanut butter

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  1. 1

    Follow the furniture manufacturer's instructions for specific care and cleaning instructions. Consult these directions first, since they will apply to your exact type of wood and finish.

  2. 2

    Dust your cherry furniture once a week with a soft cloth. Make sure you lift items off the furniture's surface instead of sliding them, as sliding them may scratch the wood.

  3. 3

    Use a non-alkaline soap and a soft cloth to gently remove the existing wax. Then re-wax the furniture with a paste wax. Repeat this process once or twice a year for the life of the furniture to keep it looking its best.

  4. 4

    Treat scratches in your cherry wood by using a reddish shoe polish that matches the colour of the cherry. (Always test the polish in an inconspicuous place before you apply it.) If you are unable to find a suitable shoe polish, work a small amount of iodine into the wood using a Q-tip or cotton swab. Apply furniture wax to the area once you are finished.

  5. 5

    Repair water marks by placing a damp towel over the area and ironing it on a warm temperature setting. Alternatively, you may rub white toothpaste into the grain of the wood where the ring has formed. Wipe off excess toothpaste and reapply wax. Mayonnaise has a similar effect.

  6. 6

    Wipe white marks with a mixture of cigarette ash and lemon juice. You may also rub creamy peanut butter into the area, as this helps replenish the oil in the wood and eliminates the stain.

  7. 7

    Clean fresh paint stains with water immediately. For dried paint, try chipping it off with a putty knife.

  8. 8

    Remove gum by rubbing the area with an ice cube wrapped in a washcloth. Once the gum has hardened, use a putty knife to scrape it off.

  9. 9

    Wipe milk and alcohol stains with a cloth dipped in ammonia. Reapply wax.

Tips and warnings

  • Since wood absorbs a stain quickly, respond immediately to spills when possible.
  • Humidity affects the appearance of cherry wood. If you live in a dry climate, use a humidifier during the winter.
  • Never use a cleaning method you don't trust. When trying something new, test it on an inconspicuous area first.

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