Wood is a porous substance, meaning it absorbs oil and grease very easily. Unfortunately, it will often receive some sort of stain from the things it comes into contact with. Whether you’re removing oil from furniture or doors, it can present itself as a challenge. With a few simple home remedies, techniques and patience, grease and oil can very easily be removed from wood surfaces and furniture. In this article, we’ll be talking about a few of these remedies, so continue reading to find out how this is achieved.
Removing Hand Oil From Wooden Furniture
Turpentine is an extremely useful solvent that can easily remove hand oils that tend to build-up on wooden surfaces. This method will work on any wooden surface that has body oil build-up, such as doors, door frames or cabinets. Keep in mind, things like hard brushes or baking soda can damage the finish on your furniture, so avoid using any kind of abrasive materials when using turpentine.
1. Put a small amount of turpentine onto the corner of a piece of cloth.
2. Using your cloth, gently rub the oil-covered spot in a circular motion. Rub for approximately five minutes, or until the oil and dirt have been completely removed. Your cloth will start to discolor as it removes the oils from the wood.
3. Once the oil has been removed from your wooden surface you can take a damp cloth and clean the area you used the turpentine on.
Removing Grease From Recent Spills
Your first line of defense is to make sure that you clean up oil spills as soon as they happen. This will stop the oil from seeping into the wood, which would ultimately cause a stain on the surface.
- Using a wet paper towel, newspaper, or blotting paper, soak up any of the remaining oil on the wooden surface. Press down firmly to make sure that you’ve cleaned up all of the oil. Also, always make sure that you use rubber gloves when cleaning wood to save yourself from having to do even more unnecessary cleaning.
- Place some warm water in a bowl. Add a mild detergent to the water, and using your hands, mix the solution. Make sure to mix it enough to create soapsuds.
- Place some of the soapsuds on top of the oil-stained surface with a soft cloth. Gently rub the surface in a circular motion, but be firm enough so that you can work the suds into the wood grain. This will ensure that you don’t scratch or damage the wood finish. If you have a more serious stain, you can use a soft brush to work the soapsuds into the wood grain.
- Once you’ve finished cleaning, rinse the area with clean water or wipe it down with a damp cloth. This will remove any oil or soapsuds that may remain on the surface.
- Dry the wood by patting it with a clean towel or cloth. Drying the wood will remove any moisture, making it easier to tell if you’ve removed all of the oil from the wood surface. Once the wood is completely dry, check to see if any oil is still present. If so, you will have to do an additional treatment.
Using Mineral Spirits to Remove Oil Stains
1. Dampen one corner of a piece of cloth with mineral spirits and rub the oil stain firmly in a circular motion. Only work in a small area at one time, and be careful not to separate the wood by pressing too hard. The mineral spirits can release a nasty smell and it can irritate the skin, so be sure to use it in a well-ventilated area and use a good pair of rubber gloves.
2. Using a clean cloth, wash off the mineral spirits with a detergent/water mix and pat dry. Rinse any remaining mineral spirits and soap off with clean warm water and pat dry with a clean towel or cloth.
3. Allow the wood to dry. Once the wood is completely dry, you’ll be able to tell if you have gotten all of the oil out of the wood. If the oil is still present you may have to repeat these steps.
4. Once the wood surface is completely dry and the stain has been removed, it’s a good idea to polish the wood to restore the finish. Apply wood polish sparingly with a clean, soft cloth. Rub in polish in a circular motion until all of the polish has been soaked up by the wood.
While no one wants to spend their free time cleaning oil off of their floors, there really isn’t too much that goes into the process. Stains on your wood floors can be a huge pain to look at, but as long as you follow these simple tips, you should have no problem eliminating the eyesores with little to no effort.