Tricks-to-Clean-Wood

There are several ways to clean and preserve wooden furniture at home:

1. Polishing

-Dark woods can be rubbed with a paste made with olive oil or vegetable oil and cigarette ash. After removing this paste, rub it well with a wool cloth.

-The oak and mahogany are perfect by passing them a cloth moistened in warm beer. Let it dry and rub it vigorously with a dust cloth.

-To the old furniture, they are dried shine applying a pasty wax, but only a small amount must be applied, uniformly and rubbing with energy. If too much wax is put on, it is more likely that it will dry out before it is extended and there are very ugly marks left.

2. Garden furniture

-In times of full use, they are cleaned with a mixture of one litre of water and three tablespoons of baking soda. A cloth or sponge is soaked and rubbed. The bamboo also does well with ammonia water.

-During the cold season, it is advisable to protect the furniture from inclement weather using whether wicker, teak wood or vegetable fibres. If we do not have a closed place, they can be wrapped in plastic by closing it well with adhesive tape.

-If the wicker, fibres or teak wood are very dry they can be hydrated with flaxseed oil applied with a brush. They dry in the air, although it takes days to dry.

-Unvarnished garden furniture usually loses its colour very quickly. The best thing in these cases is to apply a varnish that, in addition to giving them colour, protects them for the future.

3. How to repair the wood

-The varnish layer is removed with turpentine. Then a lightly dampened cloth is placed over the blow and a hot iron is passed until the wood absorbs the steam and swells. Let it dry and re-varnish.

-If there are superficial scratches, they are disguised by applying a little cod liver oil. It is spread with a cotton wool over the damaged area and it is polished with a wool cloth. If the scratches are deeper, it is best to melt beeswax and insert it into the groove with a spatula. If the wood is dark, the wax should be dyed with aniline or bitumen.

4. Danish oil

-It is a special blend of vegetable oils that, like Chinese oil, is used to nourish, shine and protect the wood. In addition, among the vegetables, flaxseed oil is used for any type of wood, and that of teak that is used only for much more porous tropical woods. All can be purchased at hardware stores and DIY stores and, applied periodically, act as a dust repellent preventing the wood from drying out.

5. Flaxseed oil

-It is a natural oil, or vegetable origin (comes from flaxseed or flax seeds), which is used to nourish the wood. It can be purchased in drugstores and in two versions: crude, with a colour almost transparent, or cooked, with a darker colour, and used, in addition, to nourish, to darken the wood dried by moisture. It is applied by spreading it with a cloth or cotton and it should be left to dry several hours because its absorption is very slow.

6. Plywood

-It is a very thin coating of wood that is usually put on furniture covering a structure of poor quality wood or some other material. When plywood is used in kitchen or bathroom furniture, it usually happens that the humidity ends up bulging it. When this happens, it is best to place a damp cloth over the raised area and pass over the hot plate. The remains of glue that remain inside the plywood will melt and hold the piece again. Allow cooling with a weight on top.