How to Clean wood with natural products
Caring for wood isn’t an exact science, but many people don’t know the basics when it comes to keeping their furniture and crafts in tip-top shape.
Today you are going to discover the basic guide for its maintenance and you will see that it is quite simple.
Fortunately, there are some natural products that can help you protect your wooden objects from changes in temperature and the sun without losing their original beauty.
If it is beech, juniper, cherry, or walnut wood from Spanish forests, you are in luck!
It is the same material with which we manufacture our cacophonic mobile speakers and you will not have to spend many hours maintaining it.
Simply clean them with a damp cloth and a little mild soap.
Consider treating your furniture with beeswax or oil every 6 to 12 months. In this way, they will have an additional layer of protection.
Let’s keep learning!
4 questions about caring for wood that we all ask ourselves
Wood is very sensitive to changes and can warp or crack if it is not kept at a constant temperature.
- How can I protect my wooden furniture from temperature changes?
To prevent your wooden furniture from shrinking and expanding due to changes in temperature, a sealer is often applied to help create a protective barrier.
This sealer does not have to be chemical and you can use linseed oil or natural oils like the ones we use in the Ecophonic artisan workshop.
Apply a thin coat every 6-12 months, depending on the type of wood and the area where you live.
- How can I protect my wooden furniture from the sun?
To protect your wooden furniture from the sun, the formula is the same as the previous one.
Apply a thin coat of protective natural sealer every 6-12 months. This will create a barrier preventing damage from taking place. In the case of wood such as cherry or walnut, sealing must be done every 12 months.
- Is it advisable to cover the furniture with fabrics?
If you want to further protect your furniture from the sun and other elements, consider covering it with fabrics.
This will help keep dust off your furniture and will also provide extra cushioning for any delicate surfaces.
You can opt for a custom-made cover or simply use a blanket or large cloth in light colors, preferably white, that does not absorb too much heat.
- How can I remove varnish from wood?
If you want to restore an old piece of furniture and you need to remove the varnish, you can use some simple methods.
To begin with, you will need to remove any dust or dirt from the surface with a damp cloth.
Next, apply mineral spirits or white spirits with a soft cloth. This will help soften the varnish and make it easier to remove.
Finally, use steel wool or very fine sandpaper to rub the softened varnish in a circular motion until it is completely removed.
Warning: Be sure to wear rubber gloves, goggles, and a face mask when handling these materials, as they can be harmful if they come into contact with your skin or eyes.
3 natural products for wood maintenance
When it comes to taking care of the beauty and naturalness of wood, nothing better than giving a little love to natural products!
Here are our favorites to keep your cacophonic speakers looking like they were on the first day.
Beeswax not only prevents wood from drying out and cracking due to temperature changes, it also prevents fading from the sun and water damage.
To apply it, simply melt the wax in a water bath and rub it over the wood with a cloth or brush. Make sure you make an even layer and that no drops fall.
- Flaxseed or orange oil.
This is a great option for moisturizing wood and keeping its natural tones looking vibrant.
To use it, you simply have to apply the oil with a cloth or a soft-bristled brush, making an even layer on the surface.
- coconut oil
Coconut oil is great for restoring the shine and luster of the wood, as well as protecting it from splashes.
To apply, simply rub a few drops of oil in a circular motion until completely absorbed
How to wax wood
To give the perfect finishing touch, waxing your wooden furniture is the best way to protect it .
All you need is a natural wax of your choice (a beeswax is a popular option, but vegan waxes are available on the market ) and a soft cloth or brush.
These are the steps:
- Apply some wax in light circles with the cloth or brush.
- Let it sit for half an hour before polishing it off with a soft cloth.
With this simple process, your furniture will be shiny and protected from scratches and bad weather in the blink of an eye.
*In addition to being sustainable, by purchasing an eco-phonic you are supporting Spanish neo-crafts and ecodesign. Thank you!