Take Proper Care of Your Woodwork

cleaning Bell GreenWoodwork 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.

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