Things You'll Need
Mild dish soap
Furniture wax or wood preservative
Nontoxic mineral oil
Acacia is a fast-growing evergreen tree from Australia that is prized for its resinous hardwood. Acacia wood, also known as monkey pod wood, is often used to produce fine furniture and tableware. Just like any natural wood, acacia wood maintains its attractive appearance for much longer when given proper care. Whether you're caring for acacia furniture or tableware, they are ways to keep your acacia wood looking its best.
Acacia Wood Furniture
Avoid placing acacia wood furniture in direct sunlight, as the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause the wood to dry out. Position acacia patio furniture underneath an umbrella or canopy to minimize damage due to sun and rain.
Clean spills from acacia wood furniture with a soft cloth moistened with warm, soapy water. Dry the furniture with a second soft cloth or allow it to air-dry.
Rub the acacia wood furniture with a furniture wax or wood preservative product immediately after cleaning. Apply the wax or wood preservative according to the instructions found on the product label. Apply additional applications, as needed, to restore the shine of the wood.
Acacia Wood Tableware
Wash acacia wood tableware in warm, soapy water immediately after use. Rinse it under warm running water. Use a soft cloth to dry the tableware by hand, or place it in a dish rack to air-dry.
Polish acacia wood tableware with a nontoxic mineral oil immediately after cleaning. Wait for the oil to soak into the tableware before using it again.
Store your acacia wood tableware in a cool, dry location when it is not in use.
Consider moving acacia wood patio furniture indoors during the winter if you live in a climate that receives snow. If you can't bring it indoors, cover the patio furniture with a tarp to prevent moisture damage.
Never soak acacia wood tableware, as the excessive moisture can cause the wood to warp.
Megan Mattingly-Arthur has been writing professionally since 1998. She has contributed to various publications, including "Teen Voices" and "Positive Teens" magazines, as well as a book, "The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published." Mattingly-Arthur is studying travel and tourism through Penn Foster Career School.