How to Clean Veneer Furniture

Veneer furniture requires the same type of care used for your wood furniture, but with a gentler touch. Since the veneer layer is paper-thin in many cases, cleaning should be done with the direction of the wood grain to avoid snags that may damage or even tear the veneer over time.


Step 1

Wipe the furniture down with a damp lint-free cloth, following the direction of the wood grain for regular cleaning. Wipe the veneer dry with a lint-free cloth, again following the direction of the grain. This helps prevent snags that may cause additional damage to the veneer.

Step 2

Add a few drops of oil soap to a small bowl of warm water. Swish the liquid around with a lint-free cloth to blend the soap in.

Step 3

Wring out the cloth and use it to wipe down spills or caked-on debris, following the veneer grain. Follow up with a damp lint-free cloth and then a dry cloth, always wiping in the direction of the grain. Use the oil soap mixture when going after fingerprints, dirt and grime buildup.