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Furniture Care, Cleaning and Problem-Solving Tips
Since furniture is often a lifetime investment, consumers are eager to keep their investment beautiful for years to come. The proper care of furniture is important.
BosmithFurniture.com recommends cleaning furniture frequently with a clean, soft, dry, lint free cloth. We recommend polishing furniture approximately every six months. When cleaning or polishing furniture it is recommended that you rub in the direction of the grain.
There are three basic types of furniture care products: silicone cleaners, waxes and polishes. You should avoid silicone cleaners and waxes. While silicone creates a high degree of shine, silicone seeps into even the highest-quality finishes, creating a barrier that will not accept stain or lacquer, making it impossible to refinish or touch up the furniture. And, waxes may result in the build-up of wax film on the surface of the furniture.
Polishes, which we recommend, contain detergents, emulsifiers and mineral oil. There's no grit to harm the finish, no wax to build up and no silicone to act as a barrier for touch up and refinishing.
What about those spills and accidents that happen all too often?
*Below is a list of helpful problem-solving tips:
Cleaning marble: use mild, non-abrasive detergent and water
Removing stains from marble: Use soap and water followed by glass cleaner
Removing stains from glass: Pour 3 parts vinegar and 1 part ammonia onto the stained area and let stand for 30 minutes to overnight, depending on the severity of the stain. Wash off with soap and water followed by glass cleaner.
Removing wet rings from a finished surface: Clean the area with Murphy's oil soap and water; use terry cloth or T-shirt and dampen it lightly with DENATURED ALCOHOL. pass the dampened cloth across the are, using light, quick strokes. #0000 Steel wool and lemon oil or wool lube should remove white spots and rings from units that have a stain or dull sheen.
Cleaning wood furniture: Any furniture polish that does not contain silicone is recommended.
Waxy build-up: use a soft rag or #0000 steel wool.
Light scratches and scrapes: Clean the surface with mineral spirits; lightly apply lacquer with a soft cloth in the direction of the grain; avoid over padding as this could cause the finish to dull.
Sticky Drawers: Rub Briwax or any other paste wax on the drawer and the wood it rides on.
Removing musty odor: Use a spray bottle or denatured alcohol or another microbial spray. Allow drying for one week.
Surface Scratches: Use rubbing compound or buffing paste followed up with cream polish.
Deep scratches: Use #0000 steel wool or 400 sanding paper in the direction of the grain; followed with clear aerosol; let dry then apply buffing paste.
Cleaning Leather: Wipe spills immediately with clean cloth or sponge. For spots or stains and daily cleaning, clean with mild non-detergent soap. Rinse well, gently wipe off, and allow to air dry.
*Before attempting any of the above solutions please read any recommendations that came with your furniture. These are general tips and some manufacturer's may have specific directions concerning the care and cleaning of the furniture. For major problems please consult a furniture repair expert.