How to Clean Painted Wood Surfaces


Clean the painted wood surfaces in your home at least once a month. Knowing what kind of paint has been applied to your wood will make it easier to clean it without damaging it. You may already have a few items in your kitchen that can clean most surfaces safely without removing paint or damaging your wood. Knowing what to use will save you money and time and keep your painted wood surfaces looking beautiful.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloths
  • Magic eraser
  • Soft-bristle paintbrush
  • 3 tsp. degreasing dish soap
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Wax-free furniture polish
  • Remove loose dust from painted wood surfaces with a damp cloth. Use a dry cloth to dry them so the water doesn't damage the wood. For carved surfaces use a dry paintbrush with soft bristles to gently brush away dust and dirt.

  • Remove crayon marks by gently scrubbing them with a magic eraser that is available at stores that sell cleaning supplies. If using a moistened eraser, always dry off the surface with a dry cloth.

  • Mix 3 tsp. of a degreasing dish soap with 2 cups of warm water in a medium-sized bowl and gently scrub away grease and buildup then wipe with a dry cloth.

  • Wipe dust off high-gloss furniture with a dry cloth or a wax-free furniture polish. Using a waxy furniture polish can cause more dust to stick to your furniture.

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