With so many wood surfaces within the home, it's important to keep wood clean for aesthetic purposes and for sanitary reasons as well. Accumulations of dust and dirt can wreak havoc on allergy sufferers and too much dust can eventually damage wood surfaces, so keeping it clean serves numerous purposes.
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Removing Loose Debris
For wood floors it's as simple as using a broom and dustpan. A dust mop, such as Swiffer, is a great way to follow up and remove small dust particles that the broom missed.
Never use brushes with coarse bristles to remove anything from wood as wood scratches easily. Nylon brushes and clean cloths are the best things to use on wood.
Brush away as much mold as possible with a nylon brush before cleaning the area. Mix one part bleach to four parts water and apply this with a clean soft cloth and allow it to dry. If it's possible to move the wooden object outside, remember that sunshine is also a great mold killer that can kill off spores that we can't see.
Murphy's Oil Soap is great to use for a routine cleaning. Apply the liquid to a clean cloth and gently wipe down wood, following instructions on the label.
Stains on Wood
Stains caused by something seeping into the wood can be removed by soaking a clean cloth with hydrogen peroxide and placing it on the stain for several hours. Check on the cloth periodically and replace it as necessary. Eventually the entire stain will be gone, but this may require time. This works especially well on urine stains.
Water stains can be removed with mayonnaise. Rub mayonnaise into the stained area with a soft clean cloth and let it sit overnight. Wipe the area clean in the morning with a clean dry cloth and repeat if necessary.
Grease can be drawn from wood by pouring baking soda directly onto the stain and allowing it to sit for 2-3 hours. Check the area by sweeping away the baking soda and apply more if necessary.