How To Use A Leather Cleaner To Clean Wood

Just follow these simple steps for easy dirt removal with leather. Clean wood thoroughly before using a leather cleaner.

With the holidays just around the corner, people are likely to spend plenty of time outside, especially in shady areas. If you live on the west coast, the high seas are another likely place to encounter seaweed — the same stuff that can grow on your wood stove. But here’s the good news — when it comes to cleaning seaweed from wood, there’s a simple trick. First, take a soft cloth cloth. Then carefully rub seaweed on it. When you have finished, rinse the cloth in water and dry the seaweed. Repeat several times to remove the entire seaweed. Then, use rubbing alcohol to wipe a cloth or cloth bag down with the cloth — this will remove the seaweed and any dirt/dust from the wood.

For cleaning your wooden patio furniture, I try with the same techniques that are just described for removing seaweed. The hardest part for me is getting rid of the old furniture. This is where the cleaning towel really comes in to play. Use your towel to soak some of the dried seaweed and apply it to the baseboard of each piece of furniture. Repeat this several times, using the towel every six months or so.

To clean your outdoor carpet, you’ll need a broom. A good broom can do a great job, you just need to learn the right technique . If you have a hard time cleaning the carpet, use the same towels to clean the surface. Then wipe off any sand or dirt that accumulates on the carpet with the towel. Then let dry the carpet before you use it. Also, you might be able to find some carpet cleaners (which is not exactly a good idea) at a local garden center that work on the carpet, rather than on the wood.

For cleaning the baseboard on front steps, if possible (and it is possible) use the same towels and methods above to clean the steps.

Now let’s consider some of the most commonly used materials for cleaning your own wood:

Dry cleaner. For the most part, I’m a fan of WD-40. It is inexpensive, readily available and works great for most of the common wood cleaning problems. Unfortunately, WD-40 also has a very high smoke point — around 450 F at 60F, making it a very toxic cleaner. However, WD-40 also can be toxic if it’s used for too long. Therefore, in some cases, WD-40 becomes a more economical choice over soap and water cleaning. 

As a reminder, don’t use wood cleaner if it contains abrasive cleaning chemicals that irritate your skin, like baking soda or vinegar. Use the water only when needed. Soap with alcohol as the cleaner can also irritate your skin, while vinegar can give you blisters … if you’re a boy … if you’re a boy.

Wood polish. For finishing your wood, some people will use white oil over a wood stain to bring out the natural color. Some folks will also use an undercoating, such as a finish or a wax. Some people will use a finish in conjunction with a wax. Generally, the undercoating should be kept very thin, with a consistency like paste. This allows you to apply the finish with wax and rub off any splatters. Other materials that can be used as a final finish should be left alone and allowed to dry before use. Don’t use wood polish that contains abrasive cleaning chemicals like WD-40. A product containing a high degree of abrasive should not be used over wood stains or furniture. Using a product with an abrasive or cleaning agent that irritates your skin will only make your problem worse.

Bucket cleaners can also be an effective way to remove dirt and debris from wood. However, you should be cautious when using them. Since the cleaning bucket needs to pass through the sand or dirt without scraping, the material that it’s filled with may not leave enough sand or dirt to clean up the wood.