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How To Keep Your Wooden Furniture Looking Great, Naturally!

Wooden furniture is a great investment. It's classy, resilient, and charming. As wonderful as wooden furniture is, however, it requires routine maintenance to keep it looking its best! Here are some ways to keep your wooden chest of drawers and bed frame looking great, using only natural, everyday supplies:

1. Clean and dust regularly.

Dusting your furniture is a great way to keep it looking clean and new. Best of all, you don't need any fancy products to do a great job. All you need is a soft cloth and a bit of water. Use a cloth or rag instead of paper towels to avoid damaging the wood's finish. Dampen the cloth and wring it out thoroughly; a little moisture will help the cloth pick up dust, but too much water can damage your furniture. Dusting once per week is a good habit to add to your cleaning routine.

2. Polish for a lustrous finish.

Polishing your wooden furniture adds a subtle shine and also helps to protect the wood. Skip the chemical wood polishes in favor of a natural blend. To make a nontoxic wood polish, mix four parts oil to one part white vinegar. The vinegar disinfects, while the oil conditions and protects the wood. Olive oil is an excellent choice for this job, but any oil will do. If you'd like to add a pleasant, fresh scent to your wood polish, you can do so by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mixture. Lavender, rosemary, and lemongrass essential oils are all prime choices.

3. Hide and repair unsightly scratches.

As much as you try to protect your wooden furniture, accidents sometimes happen. Rest assured, you can easily hide scratches made in your wooden furniture. A mixture of one part lemon juice to one part olive oil will help to hide scratches on light-colored wood. Apply the mixture to a rag and gently buff the scratch away. You can hide scratches on dark furniture with tea; brew very strong tea and wait until it cools. Then, use a Q-tip to dab a very small amount onto the scratched area.

Wooden furniture is a fantastic investment. It can turn your bedroom from ordinary to incredible. Caring for your furniture is a great way to protect your investment and keep it looking great for years to come. These three tips offer simple, inexpensive ways to care for your furniture without using harmful chemicals. If you're looking for new wooden furniture, visit Black Carriage Furniture.