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Cleaning Hard Surfaces: Wood

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Items

Routine Care

Special Instructions

Wood Cabinets Use a product that cleans finished wood to remove fingerprints, smudges and other soils. A polish or wax may be used if a shine is desired. Buff with a soft cloth. Be sure wood is properly finished. Any substance, even water, used on unfinished or improperly finished wood can damage the surface.
Chopping Block Wash and scour with an abrasive cleanser, using a stiff brush. Rinse thoroughly with sponge. Periodically apply a coating of salad or mineral oil to make the wood more stain resistant. Avoid soaking with water so that the chopping block does not split or warp.
Floors Dust mop or clean with the floor brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner. Use a wood cleaner or either a liquid or paste polish to clean and add a new wax coating. Wipe up spills with a clean, damp sponge or cloth as soon as they occur.

If using a water solution, wipe up any excess liquid. Liquids left standing on wood can damage the surface.

Remove stubborn spots by rubbing with fine steel wool dipped in a wax. Or use a paste of baking soda and water.
Furniture Use a dusting product to pick up and retain light dust and soil. Product can be sprayed onto the surface or onto a dusting cloth. Remove dust and stains and add shine and protection with a furniture cleaner, cleaner polish or polish. Apply to surface and wipe with a clean, soft cloth. Redwood Furniture
Use a sealer or coating to protect the surface and prevent the wood from turning a mottled grey.
Wall Paneling Use a wood cleaner and conditioner to clean and protect the finish.  
Window Blinds Dust when needed using a soft brush or the brush attachment of a vacuum. Use a creamy liquid wax to clean and wax at the same time. Apply furniture polish to the slats after cleaning to make dusting and cleaning easier.

Bamboo Blinds
Dust with a soft brush or the dusting attachment of the vacuum cleaner. Do not wash.
Wear cleaning mitts to clean both sides of the slats at once.
Woodwork Use a dusting product to pick up and retain light dust and soil. Product can be sprayed onto the surface or onto a dusting cloth. Remove dust and stains and add shine and protection with a furniture cleaner, cleaner-polish or polish. Apply to surface and wipe with a clean soft cloth.  

 

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