Properly caring for mahogany items (including wine racks) is key to them maintaining the inherent beauty and elegance that mahogany exudes. Mahogany is a rich, dark wood that has been prized for centuries for its unique luster and durability. It is a very hard wood and is innately scratch- and damage-resistant. However, wear and tear can make inroads, especially if items made from mahogany are in frequent use. Since mahogany-made items are intrinsically durable and long-lasting, employing certain basic methods of proper care and maintenance for a mahogany wine rack can extend its loveliness and life span for years to come. Use these simple tips to maintain your mahogany wine rack in tip top show condition whether you are enjoying it with guests or simply in the comfort of your home.
Placement of your mahogany wine rack will in part determine the amount of dirt or damage it may be subject to. For ideal placement, find an area that is temperature controlled and away from items like air conditioning or heating units, running water that can splash out and harm the wood, and windows that stream direct sunlight. Ensure the area is out of the way of foot traffic or the potential for damage from objects falling or being used as a table or storage shelf.
Select only cleaning products made especially for pricey hardwoods such as mahogany. Avoid any cleaning agent that contains bleach or alcohol, as these have corrosive properties that will permanently damage mahogany. To begin, identify areas where there are spills, deposits, or stains. Mix a small amount of household soap in with warm water. Find a soap that is free of dyes and fragrance for best results. Obtain a very soft cloth or sponge and very gently wash down the mahogany wine rack with the warm mildly soapy water. Dry the wine rack with a very soft cloth.
Professional furniture restorers recommend a lemon oil for polishing mahogany. Be sure that the lemon oil does not contain kerosene or other harsh agents that could harm the wood. Lemon oil in its natural state provides a lovely shine and enriches the wood. If it is not possible to find pure lemon oil without additives, certain aerosol furniture sprays can also work, as long as they do not contain silicone, an agent that damages wood and makes future refinishing jobs ill advised.
Furniture experts recommend waxing at least once per month to enrich and protect mahogany. Waxing can be done more often if desired. Mahogany is an expensive wood and requires fine quality wax. Do not use cheap furniture wax as many cheaper brands produce a residue that is both unattractive in appearance and attractive to household mites and other small pests. Dust the mahogany wine rack thoroughly with a very soft dry cloth before beginning to apply the furniture wax in circular motions with light pressure. Waxing will increase both the loveliness and lifespan of the mahogany wine rack, so this is an important maintenance step.