Mrs. Fixit:Drapery Dilemmas

January 8, 2009 5:23:49 AM PST
Dry air and sunlight can be the enemies of wood furniture in your home causing them to become brittle and dry out. Well, I have some tips to help you out.

While all static dusters on the market are wonderful for removing dust, wood needs moisture to retain its beauty.

As a rule of thumb, you only need to moisturize surfaces every three months or so. More often can cause an oily buildup that's hard to remove.

To start, dust the piece of furniture so that the surface is clean.

The best cloth for this job is a microfiber cloth. It's super soft and gentle and will buff the surface without scratching.

Apply a small amount of plain mineral oil to the cloth, not to the piece. Then, working in a circular motion, apply oil to the furniture.

Once the oil has been worked into the wood, go over it again with a clean microfiber cloth working with the grain of the wood for a beautiful, flawless finish.

If you prefer a fragrance, you could use lemon or baby oil in place of the mineral oil.

Remember, a little goes a long way. Beautifully , restored and protected! I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.