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How to properly dust wood

Dusting seems like the simplest task around, but to perform it properly, there’s actually quite a lot to it! Today we’ll cover the basics, and drop several tips your mom might have missed when she taught you! Dusting should be done once or twice a month to keep your home looking clean and allergen-free.

First, gather your tools. Depending on what you’re dusting, and the level of accumulated dust, you should always choose the right tool for the job. Here are the essentials:

  1. Vacuum Cleaner
  2. Microfibre Cloth
  3. Non-toxic Cleaner
  4. Tea
  5. Toothpaste
  6. Baking Soda

When dusting, it’s important to start from the top, and work your way down. Dust will fall and float downwards, so by doing it in this order you’re not covering an area you’ve just done in fresh dust again.

Vacuuming is a great way to start the process using attachments and getting the bulk of dust up high and also the best way to finish at floor-level. A microfibre cloth is great for dusting, because it traps the dust within. Things like feather dusters just push the dust around. A great cleaner can be made using dishsoap and water.

When you get into more serious issues like marks, stains and polish build-up, here are some more aggressive techniques that won’t hurt the wood.

Remove Water Stains

Water stains are the worst, and come from putting hot or cold drinks right on the wooden surface. To remove them, simply put some non-gel toothpaste on the spot and rub with a soft cloth till the stain is lifted. For stubborn stains, mix equal parts baking soda with toothpaste. When done, wipe the toothpaste off with a clean damp cloth and be sure to dry thoroughly.

Remove Old Polish

Knowing how to clean old wood furniture that has year worth of old polish buildup helps revitalize antiques. Steep two tea bags in boiling water and let the tea cool to room temperature. Take a soft cloth and wring it out in the tea until it’s damp and then wash the wood. The tannic acid from the tea is absolutely wonderful for maintaining wood. You’ll be surprised at how the wood will shine.

Erase Other Difficult Marks

To remove an ink mark, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water into a thin paste. Apply to the stain and rub gently with a soft cloth until the stain disappears. Wipe the toothpaste off with a clean damp cloth and dry thoroughly.

Once your furniture is clean, wipe a layer of wood polish on it to preserve the finish and add shine. You can use commercially prepared lemon oil oro make a simple polish by mixing olive oil, water and lemon juice (or vinegar). Pour it on a soft cloth and work it into the wood, wiping with the grain. Buff till shiny. Knowing how to clean wood will help you keep your possessions looking fabulous for years to come!

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