Care tips for veneer: How to keep veneer surfaces permanently beautiful and precious

Bonn. Furniture with real wood veneer surfaces knows how to inspire. In order for them to retain their unique and attractive appearance over the long term, they too must be cared for from time to time. As a rule, furniture is provided with a surface protection that protects it from soiling. However, if they do need cleaning, there are a few things to consider to ensure that the beautiful veneer surfaces are not damaged, advises the Initiative Furnier + Natur e. V. (IFN).

Just as with thick solid wood, veneer also has sealed and open-pored surfaces. Slight soiling on open-pored veneer surfaces, such as dust or the yellow pollen dust that just accumulates, can be easily removed with a soft cloth. What is important here: The cloth should be dry and, above all, really clean. Otherwise the surface could be damaged. Microfibre cloths are forbidden, as they can scratch the surface in the micro range. Milk polishes are allowed, but they must be applied thinly and with a duster.

For sealed veneer surfaces, a damp cloth can be used. Moist does not mean wet! With the damp cloth, the soiled area must be rubbed off very carefully. Afterwards the area should be wiped dry immediately with a soft cloth without pressure. Especially with coffee, tea, alcohol and fruit stains, it is important to act quickly so that no unsightly traces are left behind. In the case of acidic liquids, the cleaned area should then be wiped with a damp chamois leather. Painted veneer surfaces should not be cleaned with microfibre cloths either, as their fibres can damage the veneered surface. Milk-based furniture polishes should only be used if the lacquered surfaces are to regain a perfect shine. Bleaching additives (e.g. lemon) as well as all other cleaning agents, detergents or even scouring agents are completely unsuitable for cleaning veneer surfaces.

Veneer surfaces are easy to repair
Minor scratches and scrapes in the veneer surface are normal signs of use. But if you want to remove them anyway, they can be filled with hard wax in the same colour as the wood, sanded down and then covered with the appropriate varnish or glaze. Detached veneer can be reattached with wood glue. Veneered parquet floors can be cleaned with special wood floor cleaners just like floorboards. But here too, care should be taken not to use a mop that is too wet.

Initiative Veneer + Nature (IFN) Veneer + Nature Initiative
The Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN) e.V. was founded in 1996 by the German veneer industry and its partners. Today, it is supported by European companies from the veneer industry, trade and veneer processing industry as well as professional associations of the timber industry. The aim of the association is to promote the natural all-round material veneer.

Photo: With a little care, veneer surfaces remain permanently beautiful. Photo: IFN

Photo: With a little care, veneer surfaces remain permanently beautiful. Photo: IFN