How to Clean Unfinished Pine Boards

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How to Clean Unfinished Pine Boards
Pine wood is pale in colour. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Pine is a softwood that is white to pale yellow. It is useful in making furniture and wood crafts.The pale colour gives an old-fashioned ambience to the furnishings. Cleaning unfinished pine boards is part of caring for the wood. Whether it is lumber you are preparing for a woodworking project or simply a beloved piece of furniture, the proper care will help it to last and look its best for many years.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Soft cleaning cloths
  • Feather duster
  • Ammonia
  • White spirit

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    Ammonia Method

  1. 1

    Dust the pine wood with a cleaning cloth or feather duster.

  2. 2

    Mix a cleaning solution of 20 per cent ammonia and 80 per cent water in a bucket.

  3. 3

    Dip a soft cleaning cloth into the solution and wring it out well.

  4. 4

    Rub the cloth over the entire surface of the pine wood. This mixture is effective in cleaning soil or stains from the unfinished wood.

    White Spirit Method

  1. 1

    Wipe off the unfinished pine boards with a soft cloth or feather duster to remove any dust or loose soil.

  2. 2

    Dip a soft cleaning cloth into the white spirit or turpentine.

  3. 3

    Wipe down the surface of the unfinished pine boards. This method effectively cleans greasy grime, oil, wax build-up and furniture polish from wood surfaces.

Tips and warnings

  • Ammonia is available in the cleaning aisle of grocery and discount stores.
  • White spirit is sold in hardware, home supply and discount stores.
  • The ammonia method may discolour the wood or make it cloudy if used on finished surfaces.

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