How to clean antique wood furniture

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How to clean antique wood furniture
Clean antique wood furniture weekly for the best results. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Antique wood furniture adds vintage appeal to a home. With proper care and maintenance, antique wood furniture can last many lifetimes. Whether the furniture is finished or unfinished, dirt, dust and old wax build-up can ruin the wood's appearance. Clean the furniture with a mild, oil-free product to remove any dirt and dust without discolouration or build-up. Follow the cleaning with a coat of paste wax to bring out the natural glow and rich colour of your antique wood furniture.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Mild dish soap
  • 3 or 4 soft cloths
  • Paste wax

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  1. 1

    Fill a bucket with 1/2 gallon warm water and add 1 to 2 tsp mild dish soap.

  2. 2

    Dip a cloth in the bucket and wring it out. Wipe the antique wood furniture thoroughly with the cloth, rinsing it in the bucket as needed.

  3. 3

    Dry the antique wood furniture with a clean, soft cloth.

  4. 4

    Apply a small amount of paste wax to a clean, dry cloth. Wipe a thin, even layer of wax over the antique wood furniture.

  5. 5

    Buff the antique wood furniture with a clean, dry cloth until it shines.

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