If you are like me you have probably surfaced cleaned your wooden furniture with a general household spray but never taken it any further than that.
It was when I started really noticing that the finish on my old wooden furniture was fading that I decided I really needed to do something about it.
What I discovered was that my quick once over dusting with an all purpose spray was not only bad for the wood, but it was missing one key ingredient - oil.
Oil is used both to moisturise and taken care of the wood as well as giving it a near new shine and enhancing its look.
The oil penetrates the wood deep below the surface to give it moisture, seals the surface to protect it and gives a beautiful sheen on the top.
While you can use a household vegetable oil like olive oil, the best thing to use is linseed oil.
Funnily enough I already had a bottle lying around for my cricket bat. I never put two and two together that cricket bat oil would be good to use on furniture.
Along with the oil you will need water and vinegar. The vinegar acts as a mild disinfectant and cleaning agent.
Then shake well.
Make sure you spot test a small area first, in case it doesn't react well with your furniture.
You can then either put it in a spray bottle and spray it on or leave it in a bowl and dip the cloth in.
I recommend you use two microfiber cloths. The first for applying the cleaning solution to the wood and the second to go over and pick up any residual oil that has not been absorbed. You don't want to leave a lot of excess on the surface.
Cleaning your wooden furniture with an oil based cleaner is a deep clean. You can and should still spot and surface clean or dust with a damp cloth on a regular basis.
However you should aim to use this homemade oil based recipe at least once or twice per year.
It will clean, protect and enhance the look of your furntiure and is necessary maintenance to ensure you get the full enjoyment out of your wooden pieces for years to come.