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Home Maintenance And Repair - 01500264
Wood, Modern Lacquer Finish--Care and Cleaning
Lacquer is hard and glossy but may be dented or chipped so avoid hard
blows. Avoid use of water unless furniture label recommends it. Much
new furniture has a durable lacquer finish. Older lacquered pieces or
imported items may have finishes affected by some solvents, so test
products first on an inconspicuous place.
Vacuum and/or dust with a soft, dry cloth; do not use oiled or treated
cloths on waxed finishes. Some finishes can be wiped with a damp (not
wet) cloth, followed at once by rubbing with a dry cloth,(test first in
inconspicuous spot) to remove fingerprints and smudges. A solvent-based
furniture cleaner can be used on most finishes (test first).
Use a solvent-base furniture cleaner. Apply with soft cloth in one
hand, and wipe at once with soft cloth in other hand, doing only a
small area at a time. An oil soap may be satisfactory on some finishes
but test first in an inconspicuous spot to be sure it is OK with
finish. Protect with liquid wax or polish to maintain gloss.
Resin Lacquer Protection:
3-M has introduced a "Scotchgard" wood protection which is synthetic
resin looking much like a traditional lacquer finish. But it is claimed
to resist stains, chips, scratches, heat; spots or rings from water-
alcohol, and oil-based liquids, and damage from solvent- based products
such as nail polish and polish remover. It can be cleaned with soap and
water, and a damp cloth. Waxing is not needed but can be used. It is
claimed to not wear off during the life of the furniture under normal
use. Currently it is first being used on dining table tops.
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus,
with references from Wisconsin Extension bulletin, Care, Cleaning and
Minor Repairs of Furniture Surfaces.
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