by Staff Writer
More than simple storage furniture, buffets are often a functional and decorative part of your dining room. A buffet can operate as a sideboard, credenza, or dining room storage. You may serve food on them and then use them as decor, so it's important that they stay clean. They usually require a little extra attention because of the variety of jobs they perform, but it's easy to do if you follow these steps.
Clean it out. Remove all dishes and utensils from the buffet. Place them somewhere out of the way, so that your work space isn't cluttered. It's helpful if you lay a clean blanket on the table or floor. This way your dishes and utensils stay protected while they're out of the buffet.
Make a vinegar solution. Mix one cup of vinegar with one gallon of warm water in a bucket. Before you begin cleaning, you may want to put on cleaning gloves to protect your hands from the vinegar solution.
Remove and clean drawers. Take out all the drawers. Using a rag soaked in the vinegar solution, wipe down the interior and exterior of each drawer. If there is any residue stuck in corners, soak the residue area in the vinegar solution and then use a toothbrush to loosen it. Use extra vinegar solution to polish the handles. Keep the drawers set aside until they are completely dry.
Wipe it down. Wipe the entire buffet using rags soaked in the vinegar solution. Start at the top and work your way down. Wipe evenly and in the same direction to achieve a polished look. Don't scrape or scrub. If there is a gooey spot that won't come off, pour a small amount of vinegar solution on it to soften it. If it's still stubborn, use the toothbrush with more vinegar solution to gently brush it off.
Dry it off. Use a clean, dry rag to start the drying process. Look for streaks. These should be wiped off quickly and are easier to remove when still partially moist. Wipe the entire buffet one last time, top to bottom, with the dry rag. Allow it to sit undisturbed for at least an hour. When it's completely dry, replace the drawers, dishes, and utensils that you removed before beginning the cleaning process.