How to clean stained wood

Written by hubert oresco
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How to clean stained wood

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

Tips and warnings

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

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