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How to Clean Mahogany Veneer

Cleaning your reddish-brown mahogany veneer is not a demanding task. Whether you are removing dust or a grimy buildup, regular cleaning ensures that the veneer remains shiny and attractive. Veneer is actually a thin layer of wood. It is often used to top inferior or inexpensive woods in furniture, paneling and other items. The deep, reddish-brown tone of this type of veneer adds an elegant and classic look to your home. Mahogany works well with traditional, Asian, contemporary and many other home decor styles and furnishings.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass cleaner
  • Lint-free cleaning cloths
  • Oil soap formulated for wood care
  • Mild dishwashing soap with no additives
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      Spray a glass cleaning product on a cleaning cloth to clean the veneer. Read the label to ensure it does not contain ammonia before using the product.

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      Dilute an oil soap formulated for wood care to clean the veneer. Follow the directions on the label to dilute it. Wipe off the cleaner residue with a lint-free cloth.

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      Treat your mahogany veneer to a heavy-duty cleaning annually to maintain the most attractive look. Use a mild dishwashing soap, warm water and a cleaning cloth. Check the label to ensure it does not contain any oils or ammonia. Wring the cloth out thoroughly before using. Rinse the veneer well with another damp cleaning cloth and clean water. Wipe it dry with a lint-free cleaning cloth.