Wood Cleaners

Written by Karen Bates (last updated March 15, 2021)

If you have wood furniture or surfaces in your home, you already know how beautiful and versatile this material can be. When properly cared for, a wood surface can really stand out and make a wonderful statement in any room. On the other hand, worn, damaged, and dirty wood can look dingy and unsightly.

Of course, caring for wood surfaces requires different methods and cleaners than other materials do. In fact, woods with different finishes will need to be cared for in a specific way. Be sure you know what kind of wood you are dealing with before you attempt to clean it.

Before cleaning any wood, start by dusting the area to remove dust and dirt. This will help the actual cleaning process provide better results in the end.

For wood that has been painted, maintain cleanliness by using a brush vacuum attachment to clean as needed. If you find mark, fingerprints, or smudges on the wood, use a damp cloth or sponge to gently wipe spots away, then dry. You should avoid using wax or polish on wood that has been painted, since it can damage the paint and color.

If you have wood that has an oiled finish, apply furniture oil occasionally to keep it a beautiful, shiny look. Do not wax this kind of surface, since wax can dry out the wood. To clean, rub spots with an abrasive (such as baking soda) and some oil (like olive oil) until the spot is removed and the surface looks clean.

Polished wood, which has been waxed, varnished, or lacquered to protect it, can be cleaned using a commercial furniture polish according to the product's directions. The product you will need depends on the wood finish, so carefully read information to ensure you get the right polish.

For other types of wood (such as wicker or bamboo furniture), simply use a vacuum attachment to pick up any dirt. For tougher spots, use a slightly damp rag to wipe, but take care not to damage the surface in the process.

It does take a little extra effort sometimes when it comes to cleaning wood surfaces, but the beauty of this material can be worth the work you put forth. A little work now and then can make a big different later on. Remember to maintain wood to prevent damage and wear, and use the correct cleaning method to keep it looking great for many years.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...


Controlling Stress Acne

Stress can have negative consequences for your body. One issue many face related to stress is acne. If you have acne ...

Discover More

Coffee Drinks

Coffee is such a popular drink that it comes in many forms. You can find hot and cold coffee drinks at just about any ...

Discover More

Cleaning Pipe

Not all pipe problems call for a plumber. In many cases, you can clean out pipes yourself using certain tools and methods.

Discover More

Tough Tools for Tough Cleaning Jobs O-Cel-O sponges and Scotch Brite scrubbers are truly a fashion-meets-function success story. The highly absorbent and durable sponges in this handy six-pack make quick work of tough cleaning problems in any kitchen, bathroom, or garage. Check out Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges today!

More Cleaning Tips

Restoring Dull and Faded Wood Furniture

Wood furniture can add a wonderful touch of elegance to just about any home. However, over time most wood furniture can ...

Discover More

Cleaning Antique Wood Furniture

Antique wood furniture can be a beautiful addition to your home, as well as a treasured heirloom. The trick though is ...

Discover More

Getting Mildew Out of Veneer

If the conditions are right, mildew and mold can grow just about anywhere. This can be exceptionally annoying if the ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is four more than 5?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

Newest Tips

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.