How to Clean Stained Wood

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Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing soap

  • Vegetable oil

  • Sponge

  • Cloth

  • Bucket

Clean Stained Wood

The stained wood surfaces in your home add a touch of style and elegance to its decor. They also require regular cleaning to maintain their shine and depth of color. With a little effort and the everyday cleaning supplies around your home, you can get professional cleaning results and keep the stained wood surfaces in your home looking beautiful.


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Step 1

Mix 1/4 cup of dishwashing soap and 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil with a bucket of warm water. This is an excellent home-made substitute for commercial wood-cleaning products, as the soap is mild enough to not harm the wood, and the vegetable oil will polish the wood.

Step 2

Wipe the stained wood area to be cleaned with a dry, clean cloth to ensure the surface is free of dust and loose dirt.


Step 3

Apply the oil/soap solution to the stained wood surface with a clean sponge. Use only a small amount of the solution.

Step 4

Rinse the sponge with clean water and wipe the stained wood surface with the wet sponge to remove any excess soapy residue.

Step 5

Buff the stained wood dry with a clean, dry cloth. This will remove any excess water and polish the wood to a clean, streak-free shine.


Don't use abrasive cleaners like ammonia on your hardwood floors.


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