How To Clean & Condition Wood Surfaces

Wood can be a wonderful thing to behold, and also a wonderful thing to touch. Wood evokes a pleasant kind of feeling, whether it's a home décor, furniture, or even your flooring. However, keeping your wooden surfaces in pristine condition will require some effort on your part. Otherwise, these can be prone to deterioration from dust, moisture, or even termites.

You can clean and condition your wood surfaces with various materials, some of which are readily available at home. Some are commercial or store-bought solutions that are easy on the pocket. Here are a few tips.

  • Use commercial wood cleaner. Wooden surfaces can be cleaned with a solution made from wood cleaner and water. Some examples are Murphy's Oil Soap and Scott's Wood Wash. Simply dilute these according to specifications in the packaging. You will then need to apply the solution on your wooden surface using a soft piece of cloth. Be sure to wipe away any excess with a dry cloth.
  • Remove films. Film can build up on wood, depending on how long the surface has been left exposed. This can easily be remedied with a simple solution of white vinegar. Make the mixture from half white vinegar and half hot water. Apply this using a soft One disadvantage of this solution is that it might leave your wooden surfaces dull. For this purpose, you can use products like wood oil, or you can refinish the piece of furniture.
  • Use lemon oil. Lemon oil is among the natural cleaners and conditioners of wood. And it can both help your wooden surfaces look pristine and give added protection from wear. The most common oil used for wood is lemon oil, and this comes in brands like Holloway's and Scott's. Simply apply some oil onto a piece of cloth and polish on the wood surface in circular strokes. Let the oil stand for about 10 minutes, after which you should wipe it dry with a microfiber towel. Some wooden surfaces absorb oil quicker than others. If this is the case with your wooden surfaces, let it absorb the oil completely, and do another application after a few hours. You can also make your own oil with a few ingredients, like walnut oil and lemon juice. Mix about a quarter cup of the oil with a tablespoon of the lemon juice, and apply on the wooden surface as outlined above.
  • Use stains and veneers. Another way of preserving your wooden surfaces is by using stains and veneers. Some wood come pre-stained when you buy them from the hardware or home improvement store. Otherwise, you can buy a stain specifically manufactured to protect the wood's surface by acting as a sealant. These prevent the wood from absorbing too much moisture through its pores. Be sure to clean your wooden surfaces thoroughly before staining. Use wood cleaner or the water/vinegar solution described in this article. However, you should only apply stains and veneers when the wood surface is completely dry.

If your existing wooden surface has some watermarks and moisture stains, you can sand it using a smooth grit sandpaper, and then clean it with a damp cloth. You can then use wood conditioner once the surface is dry. As with any work on any surface, be sure to test your staining, conditioning or cleaning product first on an inconspicuous area to verify if it works well with your wood.


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