How to Clean Wooden Statues

Wooden statues are cleaned with soap and water.
Wooden statues are cleaned with soap and water. (Image: statue of an eagle image by L. Shat from

Statuary is commonly stone or metal materials, such as marble or bronze, and each material requires different cleaning procedures. In the case of wooden statues, cleaning is different from other materials. The wood requires a soap that is designed specifically for wooden materials to prevent damage and rot to the wood.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 Washcloths
  • Bucket
  • Wood safe soap
  • Towel

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Wipe down the statue with a dry washcloth. This will remove the dust. While washing can remove dirt and grime, getting rid of the initial dust requires only a dry cloth and wiping the statue.

Fill a bucket with water and add a wood safe soap to the water. Exact measurements of soap to water ratios will differ for each soap and concentration. Usually, a capful of soap to a bucket of water is appropriate.

Dip the washcloth into the soapy water and wipe down the wooden statue with the wet and soapy washcloth. Remove all of the dirt from the statue, rinsing out the washcloth as necessary.

Wet the second washcloth with plain water. Wipe down the statue with the second washcloth. This will remove the excess soap from the statue.

Dry the statue with a dry towel. Remove as much excess water as possible, then place the statue in a well ventilated area where the remaining water will dry quickly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never allow water to sit for long periods of time on a wooden statue.


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