Woodwork usually gets dirty faster than walls because it is the edging around doors and windows that most often comes into contact with hands and dirty fingers – and little children are often the worst culprits. Woodwork will probably need cleaning more often than walls, but fortunately there is usually a lot less of it to clean.
For routine woodwork cleaning, vacuum around skirting boards, chair rails ( if you have them), dado rails and casings ( the framework around doors and windows), using the small brush attachment. Dust the top surfaces of this woodwork periodically with a microfibre cloth, as advised by cleaners Bell Green. Use a long-handled duster for hard-to-reach areas.
To wash woodwork, use a solution of a little washing-up liquid mixed with warm water. Apply this with a wrung-out sponge or cloth and then rinse with plain water, using a c lean sponge or cloth. If the woodwork’s gloss coating has been dulled, follow by rubbing with a cloth that has a tiny amount of furniture polish on it. This works on both painted and polyurethane surfaces.
To clean heavily soiled areas, apply a little undiluted washing-up liquid directly onto a sponge or cloth. Rub the dirty area and rinse thoroughly with plain water.
To prepare the surface for new paint, wash with a solution of sugar soap. Wear rubber gloves and rinse afterwards.
To clean any woodwork that has a vanish or shellac finish, cleaning Bell Green experts suggest using a solvent-based (not water-based) wood cleaner, available at home-improvement stores and hardware stores. It is both a cleaner and wax in one product. Apply it with a clean, soft cloth and buff afterwards.