To help you clean and care for your Myakka furniture our Furniture Care Expert Paul has come up with these useful suggestions on just that.
Waxing your furniture
To keep the lustre of the wood and to feed the timber, your furniture should be waxed at least once a year but I recommend it is done twice and sometimes more if it is used a lot. To wax your furniture I recommend you use a natural bees wax polish such as Mylands Antique Mahogany Wax, this helps keep the colour rich (of sheesham furniture) as well as feeding the wood and giving the furniture a lovely sheen.
To get the best finish from your wax follow these easy steps
- Apply wax with a soft cloth in a circular motion
- Make sure that there is enough wax on the wood but not too much that it leaves streaks – this is really important
- Leave the wax for 20 to 30 minutes so it hardens off
- Finally buff off - first with a shoe brush going with the grain and then with a soft cloth again going with the grain
To get into hard to reach places like in the elephant carvings – I use an inch thick disposable paint brush and cut the bristle length down by about a third, this makes the bristle stiffer and easier to use. You can then apply the wax into hard to reach places with the cut off brush.
If you find that your drawers are beginning to get a little stuck when you open and close them try using a clear candle to rub along the grove of the unit and the runner of the drawer where it is sticking as this lubricates the runner and stops its from sticking.
Day to Day Cleaning
We don’t recommend you use too many silicone based spray polishes as these can block the wood and stop it from breathing. However spray polishes can be used infrequently to remove dust from the surface of your furniture. Simply spray onto a soft cloth first and then use to remove dust, do not spray onto the furniture itself.
Removing Ring Marks
Because Myakka furniture isn’t sealed, simply waxed, it is a common problem for the surface of the furniture to get damaged by hot and wet things. We recommend you always use coasters but if accidents do happen, it isn’t the end of the world. Take a read of this blog, which explains step by step how to remove ring marks.