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Big cleaning day: how to clean plywood furniture?

We are back from our holiday and we slowly try to get back to our normal work mode. About what should we write at the moment? Like we have said before, a new factory for Tarmeko LPD was built just recently. This could be an interesting topic, however, a lot of preparations still need to be done, which is why we will come back to it later on this year. During the moving, we had to pack a lot of stuff and also clean our workspace. It was quite exhausting! That is why we chose the following topic.

If you will also soon have a bigger cleaning day to start the new "season" of a sort then here are a few tips from us how to do it fast and smart when you need to clean plywood furniture. Wood can be a tricky material to take care of at home, therefore, we will try to put together some guidelines. This topic is important since our customers often ask us how to clean one or the other thing from our selection. Now finally we will write about this! Where to start? While using the furniture, different stains can occur, starting from simple dust and ending with more difficult food stains. To maintain the products as long as possible, it is crucial to take care of them in the right way. We categorized the main tips for you:

Illustrative photo, source: A-America

1) Regular cleaning. Like with any other thing, with plywood furniture, it is also important that you clean it on a regular basis. This way you can keep a close eye on how the product is holding up.

2) Cleaning with (home) chemicals. In many cases, you can clean the furniture with dishwashing gel or buy a special cleaner that can be found in construction materials shop. Before using, please follow the user manual. From your own home supplies, we recommend water and vinegar mix. It is important to point out that each piece of furniture can react differently to cleaning chemicals. It depends a lot on the finishing materials that have been used. Oiled/waxed vs stained/lacquered products need to handled differently. Basically you have to test, which tool is suitable for which product but if you have a question, you can contact us, to be sure.

Choose the tool based on the finishing:
1. Coloured – dishwashing gel;
2. Stained/lacquered – use a damp cloth;
3. Waxed – soap flakes that need to be mixed with water.

3) Cleaning technique. Whatever chemical you use, the cloth has to be clean. Also, it is important to remember that the cleaning with the cloth should be gentle. Please do not rub roughly. It can damage the top layer of the plywood. If you use water or any other liquid, make sure that the cloth is not too wet. When you use too much liquid on plywood it can cause the plywood to create bubbles in the top veneer.

Illustrative photo, source: Dreamstime

General tips:
1) If water or other liquid stain gets on the surface of the product, try to remove it as fast as possible. This way avoiding a permanent stain is realistic.
2) The softer the cloth the better.
3) If possible, use a special cleaning liquid but test it before on the product on a smaller surface that is not so noticeable.
4) Humidity damages plywood furniture. That is why we recommend that the furniture is in a ventilated room or somewhere where the air moves a lot to decrease the humidity.
5) Direct sunlight on the product can also damage the appearance of the product. Choose a place where the sun does not directly shine on the product on a regular basis.
6) When cleaning the wooden surface, follow the pattern of the veneer and clean in that direction.

In Tarmeko LPD's selection are products that are covered with laminate, therefore we thought it is wise to add tips on how to clean laminated surfaces as well:

Illustrative photo, source: Rieke Office Interiors

1) Cleaning technique. Similarly to plywood, while cleaning laminated surfaces you have to be patient and clean the product gently.
2) Using chemicals. Use a clean and mildly wet nonabrasive cotton cloth together with liquid cleaning chemicals. The cloth can’t be too wet because it can also damage the laminate.
3) Acetone or nail polish remover are a good substance to clean stains on laminate. Similarly to other special cleaning substances, it is important to use a clean cotton cloth and the cleaning itself should be done gently. Have patience!

Actually there is nothing too complicated about this matter. We hope that the listed tips are useful but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! This is it for today and we hope to bring something interesting to you soon!

Have a great cleaning day

Tarmeko team

Sources:
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