How to clean stained wood

Updated February 21, 2017

The stained wood surfaces in your home add a touch of style and elegance to its decor. They also require regular cleaning to maintain their shine and depth of colour. With a little effort and the everyday cleaning supplies around your home, you can get professional cleaning results and keep the stained wood surfaces in your home looking beautiful.

Mix 1/4 cup of dishwashing soap and 1 tbsp of vegetable oil with a bucket of warm water. This is an excellent home-made substitute for commercial wood-cleaning products, as the soap is mild enough to not harm the wood, and the vegetable oil will polish the wood.

Wipe the stained wood area to be cleaned with a dry, clean cloth to ensure the surface is free of dust and loose dirt.

Apply the oil/soap solution to the stained wood surface with a clean sponge. Use only a small amount of the solution.

Rinse the sponge with clean water and wipe the stained wood surface with the wet sponge to remove any excess soapy residue.

Buff the stained wood dry with a clean, dry cloth. This will remove any excess water and polish the wood to a clean, streak-free shine.


Don't use abrasive cleaners like ammonia on your hardwood floors.

Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing soap
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • Bucket
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