You can use these Detergents to care for Furniture

When cleaning your metal furniture, you should always be careful not to scratch the surface. In many cases, however, cleaning is easy: just wipe it with a dry cloth. However, if you have made a mess, a dry cloth is often not enough. Then you can use soap and detergent. These products are suitable for cleaning metal furniture:

  • Soapy Water
  • PH-Neutral Cleaner (pH value 5 to 8)
  • Household Cleaners such as Detergent or Window Cleaner
  • Multipurpose Cleaner


You should not use solvents, alkaline cleaners, or scouring milk or powder, as they may damage the surface of your metal furniture.

To be on the safe side, you can use the cleaning product on a small, hidden area to check if the product is suitable.

When cleaning furniture, be careful not to leave cleaning products in cracks, as this could also damage your furniture.

After cleaning with soap, dish soap or a cleaner, you should rinse the furniture with water and then dry it thoroughly.

What Cloths and Sponges are best for cleaning Furniture?

The best way to clean furniture is with a soft sponge or a soft, white cloth. Avoid scouring pads, steel wool and abrasive pads as they are too rough and can damage the surface. You should also avoid using dyed textiles as cleaning cloths, as they can leave residue.

Furniture care depends on the Metal

Metal furniture is made from a variety of metals. As a result, they have different characteristics that you should consider when cleaning and caring for your metal furniture:



Indoor iron furniture is not varnished or sealed, which preserves the originality and color of the iron. However, this furniture requires special care. High-quality outdoor iron furniture, on the other hand, is treated to withstand wind and weather.



Rust that develops over time is part of the charm of untreated steel furniture. If you want to remove it, you can use fine steel wool and gentle pressure. However, you will not be able to avoid scratches. Painted or powder-coated steel is more resistant to rust. If you clean this furniture with a damp cloth, be sure to dry it well with a soft cloth.


Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is rustproof. The best way to clean it is with a steel cleaner. This will remove most stains and dirt. You can also use dish soap and water to clean, but be sure to wipe dry quickly. Polished stainless steel furniture should be polished from time to time.


Chrome, Brass, Copper

Fingerprints quickly dull the luster of chrome, brass, and copper. Rub furniture made of these metals regularly. A damp cloth with a little dish soap is usually sufficient to clean this furniture. Then wipe with water and polish dry. Be careful not to scratch. A metal cleaner will help prevent rust.


For stains on chrome furniture, use a damp cloth with sodium carbonate. Polished copper needs special care: wash it with hot sauerkraut broth and let it cool. Then polish the surface with a soft leather cloth. Brass tarnishes quickly and should never be cleaned with harsh detergents. Salt or vinegar will help with heavy soiling. Unpainted brass can be cleaned with a paste of salt and lemon juice.



Furniture with nickel elements is best cleaned with hot water without additives. Then polish the furniture with a cloth or newspaper. The same applies to black nickel-plated surfaces. Dark stains can be rubbed off with table salt, and cigarette ashes will help with heavy soiling.

Furniture Care with Polish

In many cases, the surface of metal furniture is specially treated to protect the furniture from corrosion caused by moisture. There are several types of furniture polishes. The right polish for your furniture depends on whether the metal is treated or untreated and whether it is hard or soft. Using the wrong polish can damage your metal furniture. Be sure to use the polish recommended by the manufacturer. Also, make sure the polish does not dry out.


To clean metal furniture, water and soap or a detergent is often sufficient. Depending on the metal, however, you should be aware of the specific characteristics of the furniture.


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