Easy Spring Cleaning Tips: Dusting, Cleaning, and Polishing Wood

April 08, 2021

man polishing a wooden cabinet during spring cleaning

Spring is upon us, and it is time to enjoy warmer temperatures, green leaves, and blooming flowers. The outside is lovely, but it may be a different scene in your home. You need to do a good spring cleaning to refresh the house and allow the external conditions to reflect in your home. Here is a guide on how to take care of wood furniture and fixtures in your home.

Dusting the Wood

Before anything else, the first thing to do is dust your wood. You don't have to wait for spring to wipe your wood, and housekeeping experts recommend you do it weekly. All you need to do is:

  • Dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe the wood's surface. After wiping with the barely damp microfiber cloth, ensure you remove any moisture by wiping it down using a dry cloth.
  • You can also dust the wood with a feather duster or a vacuum nozzle.

Cleaning the Wood

Dusting cannot completely clean the wood since sticky or greasy spots may require a good scrub. When cleaning your Murphy Door, it is best to use commercial cleaning products designed for wood.

  1. Start with a gentle detergent or cleaning solution and dilute it in water.
  2. Dampen a microfiber cloth in the cleaning solution, and use the microfiber cloth to clean any greasy or sticky spots.
  3. Rinse the spots and ensure you dry all the moisture using a dry microfiber cloth.

Polishing the Wood

Polishing wood protects it from the natural elements and keeps it from wearing down. It would be best to do it only once or twice a year, and spring is an ideal time to do it. When preparing to polish the wood, follow these steps:

  • Clean the wood — Dust and clean the wood to eliminate any dust and grease you may seal in when polishing (follow the instructions above).
  • Select the right wood polish — Not all polish products work on all wood types, so make sure you read the manufacturer's manual to know the correct type of polish. Before you polish your wood, test it on an inconspicuous area to ensure it is the right polish for your wood.


  • Make a DIY wood polish — If you do not want to get a wood polish from the store, you can create one at home. The key ingredients to make this are white vinegar, natural disinfectant, olive oil, and lemon. Mix the elements, and you will have a DIY polish to use for your wood. (Do not use it for hardwood!)

Once you are done with the necessary preparations, it is time to polish the wood. Apply thin layers of your polish. You should get a glossy, shiny look, but feel free to add more layers until you achieve the finish you want.

Key Points to Note for Spring Cleaning

When dusting, cleaning, or polishing wood, there are specific points you should always keep in mind. These are;

  • Before applying any wax, polish, or cleaning solution, ensure you first test it on an inconspicuous area to ensure it works perfectly with your wood.
  • If you have oiled hardwoods at your home, you should give them an oil treatment once in a while.

Dusting, cleaning, and polishing wood furniture and doors will keep them looking good for years with a bit of diligent spring cleaning. For more useful tips, visit our blog. Also, explore our unique hidden doors that you can incorporate into your home. If you have any questions, contact our Customer Service Team at 888.458.5911.

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