How to Clean Brazilian Walnut


Brazilian walnut wood, also known as Ipe wood, is a dark hardwood that is resistant to boring insects, fungi and other environmental damage. Brazilian walnut is used for flooring, furniture, staircases and banisters. It is fairly easy to clean as flooring when installed properly, and when well taken care of, it will not scratch, dent or lose its finish through scouring.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner or hand vacuum
  • Broom or hand broom
  • Sponge mop
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Floor oil soap
  • Window cleaner
  • Vacuum a Brazilian walnut floor with a vacuum cleaner using the setting appropriate for hardwood floors. This will remove any grit that can scour the finish. Go over Brazilian walnut furniture or fixtures with a hand vacuum to remove any debris.

  • Sweep the flooring to remove any debris that the vacuum could not pick up. Use a hand broom to whisk away any other dirt from Brazilian walnut furniture or fixtures.

  • Lightly dampen a sponge mop and place a quarter-sized circle of oil soap on the mop. Lightly work the soap into the flooring. Do not soak the flooring. Use a dime-sized circle of oil soap on a microfiber cloth to clean furniture or fixtures.

  • Lightly rinse the oil soap from the Brazilian walnut wood with a damp mop or microfiber cloth. Let the wood dry completely. Polish with a dry microfiber cloth.

  • Wipe up any sticky or liquid spills immediately by using a microfiber cloth slightly dampened with window cleaner.

Tips & Warnings

  • Proper installation of Brazilian walnut flooring will prevent grit from accumulating between the floorboards and causing scratches.
  • Do not use vinegar or other harsh chemicals to clean Brazilian walnut wood as they can damage its finish.

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