How to Clean Cherry Wood Furniture

The deep reddish hue of vintage cherry wood furniture adds a touch of old-world charm to any home. But do you know how to clean cherry wood furniture properly? 

Harsh chemicals and multi-purpose furniture sprays are a no-no when it comes to your fine-quality wood furniture. They will only damage the wood. But that doesn’t mean you’ll find these wood items hard to clean. All it takes is a bit of know-how and some simple maintenance. 

In this concise cleaning guide, we explain how to keep your cherry wood furniture clean and beautiful for years to come. Keep reading to learn more. 

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How to Clean Cherry Wood Furniture

Cherry wood furniture is beautiful when clean and polished. But all wood furniture eventually gets dirty. Ordinary household cleaning methods and detergents can be harmful to cherry wood furniture. So you need to know how to clean wood furniture without damaging it. 

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So, what can you use to clean your dirty wood furniture, safely? The best products to clean wood furniture are as natural as possible and free from harsh ( and possibly harmful)  chemicals.

Dust Regularly

The best way to clean old wood furniture and maintain the beauty of new furniture is with regular dusting and wiping down. 

If you regularly dust with a soft cloth, you’ll prevent the build-up of dust that can turn into a grimy layer later. But let’s say you already have that problem. What can you do? Move on to step 2.

Wipe Down With A Damp Cloth

A soft, damp cloth is usually effective at wiping down dirt from vintage cherry wood furniture. But don’t use a soaking wet cloth, as wood furniture shouldn’t be exposed to excess moisture. It will cause the wood to develop watermarks at best, and in the worst-case scenario, the wood could warp.

how to clean cherry wooden furniture

A mild soapy solution is ideal, but use a bleach-free soap in the water. Follow this up with a damp cloth that has only water on it, to wipe away traces of soap. If you forget to do this, the furniture will be left with a sticky layer that will attract more dust and grime.

Buff It Dry

Always follow up the wipe-down with a soft, dry cloth. Rub in the direction of the wood grain, to remove all traces of moisture. 

For Very Dirty Cherry Wood Furniture

Many homeowners are hesitant to clean antique wood furniture for fear of damaging it. But you can safely clean cherry wood and all antique furniture with this gentle cleaning hack.

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Just like our carpet cleaning products gently and safely clean all your carpets and upholstery, this next cleaning trick is gentle enough for most wood furniture. Make a paste from baking soda and a little water. Don’t use hot water. When the paste is nice and thick, apply it to the furniture with a soft cloth. 

Let the paste sit for about 10 minutes. Baking soda is a natural yet effective cleaner and deodorizer. Once again, wipe away with a damp cloth. Be sure that no traces of the paste are left, before buffing to a high shine with a soft, dry polishing cloth.

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Can You Clean All Wood Items This Way? 

Do you have wood paneling on the interior walls of your home? Don’t stress. You can clean wood walls in the same way you clean your wood furniture. But don’t forget about the other wood items on the property, like your patio.

A common mistake that many people make is to forget to clean outdoor wood furniture. But this is even more important than cleaning your indoor furniture. Why? It’s simple. Your outdoor wood furniture is exposed to all weather conditions and therefore subjected to the ravages of the elements.

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Clean your outdoor furniture regularly too. And protect your wood patio furniture with a good UV-resistant sealer. Sealing the wood will protect it against moisture, sunlight, and adverse weather. 


Your cherry wood furniture will stay looking good with the cleaning advice above. But do you want to keep all your interiors clean and bright? 

Our extensive range caters to both residential and commercial cleaning. From your wood floors and tiles to your carpets and upholstery, we have the most effective cleaning and maintenance products around. 

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