Davis Cabinet Company Furniture Care

Furniture Care

Here are a few tips concerning the care of fine wood furniture.

Use a damp T-shirt material when dusting. Do not use sprays that contain silicons.

Make a soapy solution using ivory soap and warm water. With a clean soft cloth (not cheese cloth) wrung out solution, rub the furniture with the grain, redipping the cloth in soap water frequently. This will dissolve and remove old polishes and waxes that may have accumulated due to frequent waxing. Rinse with clear water, keeping cloth wrung out as dry as possible. Allow to air dry at least five hours before polishing. This same cleaning process can be accomplished by using VM+P Naptha available at most hardware or paint stores. It's always best to test an area first to see what will work best.

We do not recommend the use of oily waxes or polishes, or those containing silicones. Oil polishes attract dust and show finger marks readily. Silicone based polishes (most self-polishing, spray-type waxes) will make the finish too shiny, and will also acculumate a build-up on the furniture, which in turn makes cleaning, waxing, or refinishing more difficultssible.

Certain plastic materials in use for heat pads, tablecloths, accessories (plastic fruit, flowers, ect...) will react to and soften lacquer. Do not use plastic pads under lamps and vases. Gas heat in the colder months tends to dry out the air in your house and can adversely effect solid wood furniture. Proper moisture levels should be maintained either through your heating or through a supplemental humidity device. Periodic waxing will help your furniture from drying out. The gas heat will tend to dry out the wax first.

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