Lacquered Finishes Lacquered wood doesn’t take a lot of work to keep it looking shiny and beautiful. Regular preventative maintenance will help keep you from having to do more involved cleanings so often:
• Dusting Dust your lacquered furniture at least once a week. Use a soft cotton cloth to remove the dust, wiping in the direction of the grain.
• Cleaning Only do the following when it is absolutely needed, as the water and soap will eventually hurt your finish. Clean your lacquered wood with a soft cotton cloth, warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Mix the warm water and dish soap together and then quickly dip the cloth into the mixture. Wring the cloth out as much as possible as it should be slightly damp and not dripping wet. Rub the cloth all over the lacquered wood, going in the direction of the grain. Use a dry cotton cloth to dry the wood completely once you’re done.
• Polish Polish lacquered wood with a cotton cloth. Furniture polish can damage a lacquer finish. For more stubborn stains we recommend consulting a furniture refinisher.
Polyurethane Finishes Polyurethane varnishes are much more resistant to moisture and spills and moderate heat than traditional varnishes, and do not need as much protection. These pieces may be wiped off with a damp cloth or washed with a soft sponge or cloth wrung out of sudsy water, then rinsed and wiped dry.
Good to know:
Spills and Stains Wipe up any food or liquid spills immediately. Letting spills sit on the wood can result in permanent stains.
Alcohol stains are caused by spilled drinks and by many medicines, lotions and perfumes. Since alcohol dissolves many finishes, it is important to react quickly. Wipe up the spill quickly and, if necessary, clean with a damp soft cloth.