How to Clean Ebony

Ebony is a common material for African sculptures.
Ebony is a common material for African sculptures. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Ebony is a hard wood with a variety of uses, including furniture making, sculpture carving and musical instruments. Ebony is a very dark-colored and tightly grained wood that reacts poorly to furniture wax. Over time, wax can build up and make the wood appear dirty and feel sticky. To avoid this, use lemon oil as a natural cleaner; it will not damage the ebony and will remove dirt and grime.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemon oil
  • Rags

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Apply lemon oil to a rag.

Wipe the ebony wood with lemon oil. Apply more lemon oil to your rag as needed.

Allow the lemon oil to soak into the ebony for 5 minutes. This will keep the wood moisturized and will stop it from cracking and splitting.

Wipe off excess lemon oil from the surface of the ebony with a clean rag.


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