Pine furniture can bring a lovely warm atmosphere to your home, which is why this affordable, sustainable softwood is also frequently used for common household joinery, like doors and window frames. But how do you clean pine, so that it maintains its warm, soft glow? Read on for advice on how to clean pine furniture and joinery.
Pine is a breathable material – an important detail when it comes to knowing how to clean pine wood furniture. It expands or contracts according to different temperatures, and is absorbent if unvarnished, which means you can easily cause water marks if you don’t know how to clean pine wood properly.
Before you start, be sure to put on protective clothing to prevent your skin and clothes getting damaged while cleaning, and follow the instructions on the labels of any products you use.
How to Clean Pine Doors
Pine is often used for doors and kitchen cupboards, which can get covered in grubby finger marks quickly. If your pine doors are varnished, you should:
- Use a damp – not wet – cloth, along with a commercial cleaner designed for cleaning varnished wooden furniture or parquet to gently rub away surface stains.
- Sand out and re-varnish any areas that contain tough stains, like permanent ink.
If your pine doors are waxed, you should:
- Rub wire wool across the surface, in the direction of the grain, to remove stubborn marks.
- Then apply beeswax according to the product’s instructions to restore the finish.
If you have oiled pine doors, you should:
- Use a dry cloth and a good quality furniture polish to buff away marks.
- Re-oil your furniture at least once every six months.