How to Clean Wood Walls and Paneling

Some people hesitate to clean wood paneling for fear of damaging it. Here's how to clean those walls and panels safely.

Dust wood walls and paneling with a soft rag, or vacuum with a vacuum cleaner brush about every two weeks.

Use a soft cloth to apply oil soap to particularly dirty wood according to the oil soap manufacturer's directions.

For tough stains, clean the wood with mineral spirits as a last resort. To test for staining, use a soft cloth to apply the spirits to an inconspicuous area of the wall. If the spirits do not stain, moisten the cloth with mineral spirits and lightly dab the spot or stain. Allow to dry.


Don't use mineral spirits near heat or flame. Always allow proper ventilation.

Things You'll Need

  • Power Brush Vacuum Attachments
  • Several Soft Rags
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Oil Soaps
  • Vacuum cleaners
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