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Protect Your Wood Tables from Damage
Protect From: With: General Harm Table Pad (when not in use) Sun Damage Location out of Direct line of Sun Heat Damage Tablecloths, Placemats, Hot Pads Wax Felt Protector with Plastic Top Water Damage Wood Coasters with Felt Bottom and Waterproof top
Proper Care and Cleaning Polishing wood furniture every week goes a long way toward protecting finish from damage and helping your wood tables, chairs and dressers look their best. Beware, though, of cheap polishes, or any polish that contains silicone or alcohol. Alcohol can do permanent damage to a wood surface, as can any household cleaner that contains ammonia. An excellent polish can be easily made at home, by combining lemon oil with 3 parts olive oil.
Now that you know about polishes, donít forget to clean your wood furniture as well. Regular cleaning is especially important for coffee tables and dining room tables where food and drink are daily staples. Use a very mild soap, such as a diluted mixture of hand soap and water, as a cleaning agent for your wood furniture. And if you really want to ensure your dining room table or heirloom wood desk stays beautiful, have your wood furniture buffed and polished by a professional service once or twice a year.
Make Your Own Polish and Cleaning Agents
Type: Mixture: Homemade Wood Furniture Polish = 1 part Lemon Oil + 3 parts Olive Oil Homemade Wood Furniture Cleaner = Hand Soap + Water
*Stay away from Alcohols and Ammonias
Now you are fully armed to properly care for your wood furniture. And donít be disheartened if you are unable to make a nick or small stain disappear completely. Signs of use can add character to a piece of wood furniture, and are often barely noticeable. Whether it is a dresser, coffee table, bookshelf, desk, or dining room table, wood furniture is perfect addition to any home.
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