In most homes, storage space is indeed a commodity and there are various methods to store valuable or functional objects. A chest of drawers is a great home accessory for keeping books, clothes, toys and other household items packed away. As you may suspect, the drawers themselves can become dirty over time. Whether this occurs from an accumulation of dust, as a result of the items inside or even from the presence of moths, cleaning these handy nooks should never be overlooked. In general, it is a good idea to examine a dresser every few months for any debris that may have settled inside. Cleaning them is quite easy.
Vacuuming Away Loose Material
After removing any items, use a vacuum with an attachment hose and brush to suck up any dirt that is visible. Avoid using a steam cleaner, as the steam will warp the wood inside. You may find that it is difficult to access the corners of the drawers. Your vacuum should come with a tube that is narrowed at one end which can be attached to the end of the hose. This is the best option to choose.
Wiping Away Excess Dust
After the major debris has been removed, it is likely that a thin (and even invisible) layer of dust will still remain. You can use a terry cloth (a cloth that is used to polish a car) in this case. Also, a clean rag with a slight amount of warm water can do the trick. However, use caution when applying this rag; especially if the dresser is an antique. As mentioned in regards to the steam cleaner, you risk warping the interior wood.
Purchase Contact Paper
Once the dirt has been removed, you can choose to place contact paper along the bottom and sides of the drawers. As there are a great many types of dressers, purchase a large roll. This paper will provide a sanitary barrier between the items inside and the wood.
With a bit of preparation, it is very easy to clean a chest of drawers. This will provide extra life to the entire unit will preserving any objects that are contained within.