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How to clean a wooden chair without damaging it

Natalia Kolomiets

Published on October 28, 2022

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Wooden furniture looks great and the best thing is that there is a great variety of them, from tables, to stairs, beds, chairs and more. But, being an everyday material, it gets dirty and needs some care to keep it in good condition.

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In the case of wooden chairs, they are widely used in our home, whether they arewooden chairs for the dining room, or for the living room, or for any other purpose. For this reason it is essential to know how to care for wooden chairs so that they last longer and look as good as new.

Varnished wooden chairs

Because there are many varieties of chairs, it is important to give them the care they need depending on their characteristics. For example, if you have varnished wooden dining chairs , it is a little easier, as they are more durable and have additional protection.

However, as with any other type of chair, those that are varnished should be cleaned frequently, especially if they are made of a dark wood because the dust can be seen much more.

To clean this chair you should use a dry, lint-free cotton cloth to remove dust. Do this at least every two or three days. If you wish, you can wipe with a damp cloth with water once a week, but remember to wipe with a dry cloth afterwards to remove excess moisture.

Antique wooden chairs

If your wooden dining chairs are old, and you want to keep them in good condition, it is necessary to do a superficial cleaning to avoid damaging them.

You can clean them with a mixture of olive oil and vinegar in equal proportions, and use a soft cotton cloth wiping in circular motions. Then, wipe with a soft damp cloth to clean the remains and let dry for 30 minutes. To finish, you can wipe with a cloth with natural wax of Jojoba and beeswax to restore the shine to the surface.

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Waxed wood chairs

This type of wood is very easy to clean, because you only need to use a soft cloth to remove dust from time to time.

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But, if the chair has become dirty or has a stain, you need to use turpentine essence to remove it and then use a wool cloth to make the wood shine again. Do not use any silicone products to clean these chairs because they can be damaged.

Wooden chairs in the kitchen

It is possible that your dining room is very close to the kitchen, or that you have a kitchen island and therefore your chairs are exposed to other agents such as steam, grease and moisture. In this case, you should clean your wooden chairs daily with a mixture of vinegar and water in equal amounts.

Use a soft cloth or a cloth to clean them and let them air dry. Finally, apply a little glycerin with a soft cloth until you see that the wood is shining. Remember not to scrub and follow the direction of the grain.

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