How to Clean Unfinished Pine Boards

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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.

Things You'll Need

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