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When people think of housecleaning, many forget all about furniture cleaning. Being so concerned about cleaning carpets and clothing can leave your most used and abused possessions left on the back burner. But regular furniture cleaning is important, since so many people use it and so much time is spent with it.
The best way to clean your furniture will depend on how and with what it's made.
Cleaning Leather Furniture
It's important to be gentle when cleaning leather furniture, as you don't want to damage the material. Leather, especially brightly colored leather, can be prone to fade and wear, so it's important to use products and techniques that don't encourage this.
Vacuum leather furniture using a soft brush, to remove any dirt and debris. For surface stains, wash the furniture gently with a damp cloth soaked in soapy water. Follow up by wiping down with a soft cloth soaked in distilled water. Don't forget to dry the furniture and polish it with a leather treatment.
Cleaning Antique Furniture
Cleaning antique furniture requires a light touch, as both the materials and the structure of the furniture may be delicate or worn. However, antique furniture may also require more cleaning, since there are so many years of built up grime. Use a cleaning product specially designed for antique furniture, and be sure to work lightly. With antique wood furniture, polish with the grain of the wood to avoid scratching.
Cleaning Wood Furniture
When cleaning wood furniture, it's best to use a polish or cleanser specifically designed for wood. This will prevent build-up of products that don't really help to clean the furniture. You should also be cautious of any type of wax that you use, since wax can build up and affect the lustre of the wood. Be sure to wipe the furniture in the direction of the grain to prevent scratching and pushing cleanser or wax into crevices.
Cleaning Wicker Furniture
Cleaning wicker furniture is easy because it's so durable. However, take into consideration the strength and condition of your own wicker before you attack it. Old or outdoor furniture may need an easier touch to avoid damage. Overall, though, cleaning wicker furniture is as simple as dusting and wiping it down with a damp cloth on a regular basis, and once in a while taking a vacuum to it.