If you’ve got a thick, sticky film on, say, your wood kitchen table and chairs, your kitchen cabinets, a coffee table, a door, a hand rail, etc., it’s time to remove that gummy mess and get down to the clean original finish.
Sticky buildup and grime on wood comes from cooking grease and vapors, layers of furniture polish, cigarette smoke, moist hands, and even the breakdown of the original finish. Follow these steps to cut through the film and reveal the wood’s natural beauty.
- Dust thoroughly with a microfiber cloth to grab as much dust as possible. Rinse the cloth out well if you want to use this same cloth for the next step.
- Mix equal parts vinegar and water; dip a soft cloth in the mixture and wring out really well. Wipe the wood in the direction of the grain, rewetting and wringing your cloth often.
- After several passes to remove the buildup, dry the wood thoroughly with a cloth.
Still feel a buildup?
If this method doesn’t remove the sticky buildup completely, move on to a product made specifically for cleaning wood. These can be found in most home improvement and hardware stores. Speed Cleaning offers the perfect wood cleaner – Furniture Feeder by Piney Woods Market. It contains both a gentle cleaning solvent (this is important) which removes the layers of gunk safely, and carnauba wax which leaves a warm sheen. In between using a product such as Furniture Feeder, alternate dusting with a dry cloth and using a polish.
As with any product, Speed Cleaning advises testing on an inconspicuous area first. Older finishes on a cherished heirloom may best be addressed by a professional wood care specialist.
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