How to Clean Old Wood Trim


Cleaning the old wood trim in your house and on your furnishings restores the shine and luster of the wood surface. Regular maintenance ensures that the woods stays moisturized and maintains its appearance over time. Cleaning old wood is not a difficult process and only takes a few supplies. The cleaning process takes little time but ensures that the item continues to enhance the appearance of your home. Wood items last for decades with the proper care.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning cloths
  • 2 tbs. gum turpentine
  • 4 tbs. boiled linseed oil
  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Use a feather duster or soft cleaning cloth to remove any dust from your old wood trim.

  • Pour 2 tbs. gum turpentine, 4 tbs. boiled linseed oil and 1 gallon of very hot water into a bucket. This method is most effective if the solution is quite hot.

  • Put on rubber gloves and stir the solution.

  • Place a soft cloth into the mixture and wring it out well.

  • Rub the old wood trim with the soft cloth. The solution removes oils, dirt, wax and polish build-up.

  • Buff the surface of the old wood trim with a lint-free, soft cleaning cloth. The boiled linseed oil moisturizes the wood trim and restores shine to worn spots.

Tips & Warnings

  • Polish the old wood trim with a lemon oil or surface wax after cleaning if desired.

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