How to sanitise timber furniture
Covid19 has everyone wanting to make sure that hard surfaces that see a lot of contact traffic are regularly cleaned and sanitised. One of the frequent enquiries we are getting currently is how to repair tops when the finish has been compromised. So we thought we’d tell you how to keep it clean without damaging the finish. Most modern timber furniture is finished with either a single pack cellulose laquer or water bourne finish. When alcohol based sanitisers are used to clean these surfaces it can act as a solvent causing a breakdown of the chemical properties of the finish, which in turn makes the finish dissolve and soften. Soft polish easy to damage.
Some early warning signs your furniture finish has been compromised are • It looks milky or cloudy • It is soft or gummy and is marking or scratching easily • You have areas where it is obviously thinning or wearing away
So what do you use to clean timber furniture? Just as we recommended prior to Covid the best way to keep your wood furniture clean and preserve the finish is good old soap and water. To clean high traffic areas like table tops simply mix water with a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid, spray onto the surface and wipe with a clean damp cloth. Follow up with wipe over with a dry cloth after. No sanitiser, specialised cleaners or polish needed. Just soapy water? How does this protect me? It has been widely documented that just the friction from scrubbing with soap (any kind of soap) and water can break the coronavirus’s protective envelope.