Cleaning your Curio cabinet the right and proper way
A high-end wood product requires constant care, so you should clean your furniture frequently. Most wood furniture, especially curio cabinets, is described by its natural markings, colors, and the character of the grain. This is what makes wooden furniture so exceptional and beautiful. To keep wood looking beautiful, it’s important to keep the temperature inside your home at a moderate humidity level.
These cabinets often store our most prized possessions and artifacts. Properly cleaning and protecting your curio cabinet doesn’t have to be a complex or time-consuming task. Dust is the number one cause of a curio cabinet looking cluttered. Containing the great beast of dust will ensure a clean cabinet of curiosities.
Things you should have:
- Furniture polish spray
- clean cloth to remove dust
- Glass Cleaner
- Paper towels
The main thing to do is get rid of the objects in the curio cabinet, or if you have a lot of time, you can clean around the objects.
The next step is to spray the furniture polish onto a clean cloth. When cleaning wood, you must ensure that you only use dusting agents approved for oak wood. It is recommended to use a good agent that is not silicone or wax. This will not only remove dust from your oak curio but also eradicate fingerprints. The cloth should be of the microfiber type. This will help remove dust, as well as polish and clean the wood at the same time.
The third step is that even if you don’t use a microfiber cloth, you should use a clean, soft, lint-free cloth. Be sure to completely dry the wood after dusting, as moisture can damage the oak curio cabinet.
The next step is to clean the wood of the curio cabinet; You should start on the inside of the cabinet, with the dusting cloth. If you decide not to dispose of your items, move them to the side or lift them up while dusting under and around them. Clean in a gentle, rubbing motion, using more furniture spray if necessary.
The fifth step is to polish the exterior wood of the cabinet by rubbing in a round motion with the dusting cloth and furniture polish spray. Keep the wood moist with the spray so the cloth will glide over the wood without abrasion.
The next step is to spray window cleaner on the glass doors (and glass shelves, if your curiousity has them) and use the paper towels to wipe, in a rounding motion, the inside and outside of the glass.
The last step is to dry the glass with clean paper towels, wiping the glass in a back and forth motion. Check to make sure all wood is free of dust and all glass is free of smudges and fingerprints before putting away cleaning products. Dispose of used paper towels.
Keeping curios clean and protected will ensure their high-quality appearance for many, many years to come.