How to Clean and Polish Wood Furniture and Cabinets

picture of Dresser after cleaning and polishing with Guardsman

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to reclaim your house and transform it into the haven your family deserves. If your house is like mine, it has seen better days after all of the holiday gatherings, and 2 weeks of kids being home on break! Guardsman furniture care products are simple and affordable products that can restore your home to it’s original beauty. Check out the 3 simple steps on how to clean and polish wood furniture, cabinets, and more.

Step 1 to Caring for Wood Furniture: Dust

It all starts with dusting. Start at the surface and pay special attention to the easy-to-miss, must-dust places such as cabinets, shelving units, window treatments and appliances. I really like our bedroom furniture. I must confess that I have not given it any attention this holiday season, so dust has gathered. It was my one nobody-will-see-this-room spot that I could skip over. Now, it’s time!

picture of Dresser that needs dusted
Dresser that needs dusted

Even dust can scratch surfaces on your wood furniture, so Guardsman Ultimate Dusting Cloths. They are excellent because they are specially designed to pick up and trap the dust instead of just pushing it off onto the floor like competitor dust cloths and every-day cloths.  Plus, they are washable and reusable!

Step 2 to Caring for Wood Furniture, Cabinets, & Accessories: Clean

Now that you have dusted, the next step is to clean. You didn’t think you were done, did you? By cleaning your wood furniture, cabinetry, etc you will bring back the clarity in your wood. Try a product like Guardsman Wood Cleaner. It cleans dirt, oil, and grease.

How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

This is essential for restoring your kitchen cabinets to their original luster.  Some recommend wiping down your cabinetry every day that you cook, others suggest weekly. I’m good if I get to it once a month. It is essential to clean your kitchen cabinetry so they don’t become dull looking. Grease, fingerprints, and food residue quickly gathers on your cabinetry and if you don’t do a quick wipe down often, you’ll have dingy cabinetry with a build-up that will take much longer to clean later.

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How to Clean Water Rings and Marks

Nothing makes me more anxious than finding a water ring on my nice wood furniture. With Guardsman Water Ring and Mark Remover, you can easily clean water rings and marks from your wood furniture. It even cleans mirror accidents of water damage, alcohol, heat, paint, cosmetics or moisture. What I like about this product is that it reminds me of the magic eraser. It is a simple cloth that simply rubs away the ugly marks from the wood. Plus, it is reusable.

How to Clean your Couch

With kids in the house, spills happen on the couch and carpet. We normally have a no-food-in-the-living-room rule. However with movie nights and other special occasions, this rule is often broken – against our better judgment. I use the Guardsman Fabri-Kleen Upholstery Cleaner because of its versatility and effectiveness. It cleans both fabric and leather. It thoroughly cleans and removes food, beverage and cooking oil stains from water-cleanable fabric upholstery (including microfiber) and carpet.

For a daily or light cleaning, I use the Guardsman Leather Clean & Renew wipes. This single-use wipes are just what my leather furniture needs as a quick touch up. I like the convenience of having the solution in the large cloth, plus I don’t have to worry about leaving behind a residue with Guardsman.

Step 3 to Caring for Wood Furniture, Cabinets, & Accessories: Protect and Maintain

The final step is going to make all the difference in your home. After you have dusted and cleaned all of your wood surfaces, it is time to restore the wood and protect it.

How to Polish Wood Furniture, Cabinets and Accessories

I like to use Guardsman Wood Polish because it polishes my furniture and cabinets without an oily residue. I’ve tried other products in the past that leave the wood looking different than the original state and leaves it oily. I just couldn’t polish it away, we ended up rubbing the oils away with our daily use – not something I want on my kids hands.  Guardsman products do the job without residue. The polish leaves a smooth, clean finish with a nice luster.

Doesn’t my dresser look lovely? The surface is beautiful and so smooth to touch.

picture of Dresser after cleaning and polishing with Guardsman
Dresser after cleaning and polishing with Guardsman

How to Repair Wood Edges and Marks

My beloved dresser was damaged with 3 small scratches when we moved.  It’s the one spot that I notice every time I walk by.

picture of Ugly Scratches on my Dresser
Ugly Scratches on my Dresser

So, once you dust and clean your furniture, it is time to repair what needs repaired. For these ugly scratches, I used Guardsman Touch-Up Markers.

The markers can also be used to repair edges, corners and frequently used surfaces that show wear. The instructions state to use the lighter marker first, too bad I didn’t read that until after I tried repairing the first mark. It still looks really good, and my eyes do not gravitate to the marks anymore.  The markers can be layered color over color until it blends to match your wood finish.

picture of Dresser Scratches after using Guradsman Touch-up Marker
Dresser Scratches after using Guardsman Touch-up Marker

How to Preserve Fabric and Leather Furniture

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could create a kid-proof, spill-proof barrier around your furniture?  Well, you can. Sort of. The Guardsman Fabricoate Fabric Protector will help keep fabric furniture cleaner for longer, while shielding against many damaging soils, spills and stains, while still maintaining the original look, feel and breath-ability of fabrics.

Use Guardsman Leather Protector Wipes to protect your leather furniture. These are just as easy and convenient to use as the leather cleaner wipes. These wipes preserve while maintaining the original feel and color of the leather.

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This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Guardsman who provided the products for review & giveaway.

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