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How to Clean Wood Veneer

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June 15 2015

If you have any type of wood veneer furniture, whether it be a desk or a bookcase, it’s important to know how to best clean and maintain the furniture item. As wood veneer consists of natural wood, the cleaning process is a detailed one in order to ensure that the wood is not damaged in any way. Be sure to always consult the manufacturer of the product to ensure that you are using the proper cleaning method for your furniture. Below are some general cleaning guidelines when it comes to wood veneer casegoods, but please note that your product could have other guidelines, depending upon the manufacturer.

General Cleaning In order to clean your wood veneer surface, clean with care and use a lint free and soft cloth. Keep the cloth dry if you are dusting or slightly dampen the cloth with mild soap and water for cleaning. Be sure to wipe the veneer dry after the damp cloth is used. It’s also important to wipe with the wood grain – that is, be sure to work in the same direction.

Stain Treating If your wood veneer casegood does happen to acquire a stain, be sure not to treat it with any harsh chemicals as this can irreparably damage the finish of the desk. When it comes to stain treatment, it is best to consult the manufacturer of the casegood, as each wood veneer product is bound to vary.

Things to Avoid It is best to not use aerosol cleaners or polishes on wood veneer surfaces. As far as other polishes available, you will also want to avoid any that are oil-based or any that contain wax. As far as every day maintenance, wood veneer is softer than laminate options and therefore can more easily be scratched or stained. Having a protective surface (coasters, desk pads, top layer of glass, etc.) on the casegood, especially a desk, can help ensure that your furniture stays beautiful for years and years, while still showcasing the rich, natural wood grain of wood veneer.

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