How To Keep Mahogany Wood Furniture Clean

If you have a vintage piece of furniture made with mahogany wood, you probably want to keep the piece looking in the best possible condition. Since the furniture might even serve a purpose in your home, you need to take good care of it so that it can continue to be used for years to come. Here are our top tips on how to clean and look after your classic vintage dressing tables.

Cleaning Your Mahogany Furniture

Before you get started, you will need the following items:

* Mild soap
* Furniture wax
* Furniture polish
* Clean dust cloth
* Bucket
* Nylon scrubber

How to Clean Your Indoor Mahogany Dressing Table. 

The first step for your indoor mahogany dressing table is to ensure you regularly dust it. Always use a clean cloth duster to remove dirt and dust particles from the sides of the furniture and from any cushions, mirror, handles and drawers.

Next, use a good quality furniture polish or table wax to keep your furniture looking shiny and new. You can do this once a month. This will also help to protect the wood from becoming damaged as a result of termites or weather changes.

You should fill a spray can with furniture polish and spray it all over your dressing table. Then, use a clean dust cloth to evenly apply it. You can even apply the table wax the same way and then use a clean cloth to wipe it off.

Tips for Cleaning Your Outdoor Mahogany Furniture

Half fill a bucket with soap and water. Dip your nylon scrubber into the mixture and scrub your furniture. Don’t use any other brushes or steel as they may be too harsh on the wood and risk permanently damaging it. Wash off the soap water with clean water and leave the furniture to dry on its own. This helps to remove mildew and stains from the wood.

Apply a furniture polish or wax all over the furniture, rubbing it into the wood. Use a good quality wood stain to bring back the dark mahogany hues to your furniture if it’s starting to show signs of fading.

Getting Rid of Stains on Mahogany.

If your wood has water stains, either use lemon oil or a blotter cloth. With the blotter cloth, you can spread it on the stain and then run a warm iron over the stain until it disappears. If you’d prefer to use lemon oil, put a small amount straight onto the stain and leave it there to settle overnight. Wipe off any excess oil the next morning. If you want to conceal any scratches on your mahogany wood, you can dip cotton into iodine and then dab at the scratched area. Then, wipe it off using a clean cloth.

A Few More Tips.
Always try to keep your furniture away from direct sunlight, regardless of whether it’s an indoor or outdoor piece. Sunlight can cause furniture to crack and fade. Even if you keep your pieces indoors, it can get damaged with constant sunlight exposure through a window. Also, try and keep pets away from the pieces as they can cause great damage to an antique item. With the tips above, you should be able to take good care of your mahogany furniture.