Whenever you set out to clean, you want to be sure you are using the right cleaner because using the wrong cleaners can damage the finish, mar the surface or leave scratches. These are wonderful green ways to clean furniture that are extremely effective, inexpensive and easy to use. Furniture cleaning does not need to be expensive or overly difficult. The key to preserving the finish on is to keep it lean and dust free. Dust and dirt can harm the finish on it because those tiny particles can actually scratch and leave your finish looking dull and unattractive.

Wood Finishes:


Dust it daily with a soft cloth such as an old well worn and well washed piece of flannel. Once a week wet the flannel cloth wring out as much of the water as possible so the cloth is just damp, wipe furniture down after dusting. follow-with a clean, dry soft cloth. The mixture is good for your furniture, it helps to protect against splitting and over drying. When it has been neglected, is dirty or has a heavy buildup of furniture-wax and polished; make a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and olive oil, wipe down it. For heavily soiled wipe it down with plain white vinegar to remove dust, dirt, grease, polish and furniture wax. follow-with a light application of olive oil. Olive oil will leave your furniture with a high shine and will condition. This works for Cherry woo-furniture, Oa-furniture, Mahogany furniture or any wood-furniture.

Black Lacquered:


Black lacquer-furniture shows every fingerprint and smudge mark that comes in contact with the finish. Fingerprints and smudge marks are not easy to remove from lacquer. This cleaner can also be used on brown lacquer furniture. Do not use on light colored or white lacquer furniture. This is a wonderful green cleaner.

Save your old tea bags or loose tea for a second use.

Boil approximately 2 cups of water, add 6 to 8 used tea bags or the loose tea equivalent. Allow the tea to steep until the water cools and the tea is strong. Remove the tea bags or strain the loose tea. Dip a clean, soft rag into the tea and wring the rag out so it is barely damp. Wipe down all surfaces of your black lacquered furniture. follow-with a clean, soft, dry rag.

Light or White Lacquered:


White and light colored lacquer furniture does not show fingerprints and smudges as black lacquer furniture does, but it does accumulate smudges and dirt.

Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water, dip a rag into the green cleaner, squeeze out excess. Wipe it down and follow-with a clean, dry, soft cloth to dry. Always dry lacquer furniture thoroughly to avoid water spot and water stains.