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Tips on Cleaning Lacquered Wood

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Wood lacquer is the last finishing touch, which makes the wood more smooth and shiny. However, it can be pretty delicate when it comes to cleaning, but today we are going to explore different ways of cleaning lacquered wood, so read on!

wood lacquer cleaning tips

Cleaning Lacquered Wood

The older lacquered wood, the more it is resistant to cleaning, and the tenderer is its surface, because back in the days, lacquer was not as durable and water resistant as today. So, taking this into consideration, determine how old the lacquer finish is and try to avoid water cleaning methods. Instead opt for dry cleaning methods.

Of course it is better to stick with regular cleaning, such as dust wiping with a clean, soft cotton cloth. However if for some reason you missed that point, when the wooden furniture can be cleaned with regular methods – opt for mild detergent solutions.

Take a mild dishwashing detergent and mix it with warm water. Then, take a soft cloth and dip it into the mixture, wring it thoroughly. Clean the furniture with this cloth. However, the wood lacquer should not remain wet – instead, immediately after that you need to wipe away the excess of water with a dry cloth. You know that water spots can damage wood finish even further.

lacquer wood cleaning tips

Another thing that would help the wood lacquer to be clean is the lemon or orange oil on microfiber. If the finish is less than six month old, do not use the oil-based products on your lacquer finish. Avoid using commercial cleaners, as they leave the residue behind.

Vinegar is also known to be used when cleaning the wood furniture, without bringing harm to it. However, vinegar can’t be used solely, instead make a mixture of vinegar and mild soap. To make the wooden finish be shiny as before, you need to wipe the surface with a clean cloth in the direction of the wood grain.

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  1. Wendi
    November 23, 2015 at 12:08 am

    I cleaned my lacquered cabinets by using warm water and a microfiber cloth. I neglected to wipe them with a dry cloth afterwards. What type of damage did I do? Is there anyway to correct it?