How to clean wood furniture

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PHOENIX -- Commercial furniture polishes can be expensive and leave your furniture looking streaky.

Queen of Clean Linda Cobb says all you really need to make your wood pieces shine is some olive oil and some white vinegar.

Combine 1 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a labeled jar. One jar should last for at least a year. Shake well before each use to emulsify the mixture, just like a salad dressing.

Dip a soft cloth in your polish -- it doesn't take much -- and use a circular motion to massage it into the wood. Buff with a dry soft cloth. Your wood will be clean and shiny.

If you don't have olive oil and white vinegar, you can use 1cup of  mineral oil with 3 to 6 drops of lemon extract. Use this the same way as the olive oil/white vinegar mixture.

You have have a build-up of furniture polish or smeared fingerprints on your wood pieces, use a little bit of plain corn starch to soak it up. Sprinkle it on -- again, it doesn't take much -- and use a soft cloth to work it into the finish. The corn starch will absorb the excess polish. If you find your self with too much corn starch, just grab your vacuum or hand-vac.

If  your wood table is sticky and you think it might need to be refinished, there is something  you can try first. Pour a little lemon oil, which is generally found near the furniture polishes at the store, on the table and gently work it in with a piece of fine steel wool. Fine steel wool is labeled #0000. Be sure to work with the grain. Finish up by buffing with soft cloth. This will revitalize your table.

For dark -colored wood pieces, especially "espresso" pieces, simply wipe with a damp microfiber cloth. Be sure to go with the grain of the wood. Follow up by wiping with a dry microfiber cloth. That's all the cleaning you need to do.