Clean the wood gently: remove dirt and stains


Whether in the garden or in the living area: objects and furniture made of wood need to be cleaned regularly - and not just for aesthetic reasons. Also the hygiene counts with it, sometimes the surfaces should really become pure deep in the pores. Which methods and cleaning agents are used depends on the respective surface and the type of contamination.

Clean oily wood properly

Oiled wood surfaces are more sensitive than painted surfaces, in the open pores often the dirt settles. Carry out the regular care at most damp, possibly with a drop of detergent or a special cleaner.

If the oiled wood has persistent stains, it is advisable to rework the surface: clean the surface as much as possible, sand the surface with a fine sandpaper, remove dust and apply a new coat of oil.

The oiling of wood should always be done in a circular motion with a lint-free cloth. After a drying time of about 10 minutes remove the oil residues and allow the material to cure. If necessary, just repeat this process.

Remove uneven discoloration due to light

So-called "light spots" can not be removed by brushing; they arise when wood surfaces are irradiated unevenly by sunlight. Stopped objects are clearly visible after a while.

The only way to reverse or at least mitigate this unsightly staining is to completely clear the surface of the wood and allow it to be evenly blasted by the sun for weeks. Thus, the light spots gradually resemble the environment.

Clean painted wood

Lacquered wood is more resistant to water than raw or oiled surfaces. Nevertheless, avoid puddling when cleaning and ensure that it dries quickly. Do not use any solvent or corrosive substances that could attack the paint.

Scouring agents are also taboo on paint, which creates ugly scratches. Helpful against stubborn stains is a simple eraser that helps to gently cleanse. Special cleaners for lacquered wood are rarely needed, some neutral cleaners usually help just as well.

Once the dirt has been removed, a polish refreshes the surface and visually eliminates small scratches. But be careful with polish, an annual application is sufficient, so that no unsightly smear layer.

The best home remedies for cleaning wood

  • Water stains often disappear when treated with cigarette ash. Oiled and waxed surfaces should then be refreshed and polished.
  • Alternatively, stains caused by moisture can also be removed with toothpaste; here, too, new growth or oiling preserves the beauty of the surface.
  • Discoloration due to heat, which is not due to charring, you may be able to remove with mayonnaise again. Let the mayonnaise soak for about 30 minutes and then clean the surface.

Tips & Tricks

Have you treated your wood with linseed oil? Then hang the cloth used for ventilation freely so that it does not ignite itself.


Video Board: How to Remove Stains from Wood Furniture