Mistake #7: You use furniture polish every time you dust.
Furniture polish and oils were used in the old days when furniture didn’t have a protective topcoat. However, they are an unnecessary step with today’s finishes. If you have a piece you inherited, you may want to continue to use furniture wax or oil occasionally; however, stick with the same product to avoid buildup on the finish—using a variety of products with different base ingredients case can create a gummy residue due to chemical reactions. To clean more modern pieces, use a lightly damp (meaning just a few drops of water) microfiber cloth and dust with the grain, says Tandberg. If you see water drops on the surface after you clean, the rag is too wet. Photo: Shutterstock