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Moving Tips: How to Best Clean Wooden Household Items

Posted on July 12, 2018

Our Vernon movers have a number of tips for cleaning and maintaining your favourite wooden belongings.

Our Vernon movers have a number of tips for cleaning and maintaining your favourite wooden belongings.

Moving can sometimes feel like a bit of a treasure hunt. As you’re sorting through your belongings, you’re bound to come across some cherished items you forgot you even had. If they’re made of wood, they might need a little TLC to bring them back to their former glory, but don’t worry: our Vernon movers are here to help with some expert moving tips.

Whether it’s your favourite wooden salad bowl or a hidden antique clock that you rediscovered in the attic, these tips can help you clean and protect these items.


Natural Wood Preservative

One of the challenges with wood items is that they can dry out over time. To keep the fibres ‘hydrated,’ you can use a natural wood preservative such as linseed oil or tung oil.

When using linseed oil, be sure to use the ‘boiled’ variety, as opposed to ‘raw’. The latter takes far too long to dry and is, therefore, impractical to use for most household applications.


Cutting Boards

Cutting boards and butcher’s blocks are typically made of harder woods like maple or cherry, but they too can wear down over time. Before you go about protecting them, it’s a good idea to disinfect them first. You can do this naturally by:

  • Wiping the surface with vinegar
  • Sprinkling board with coarse salt
  • Scrubbing salt into the board with half a lemon (squeeze as you scrub)
  • Wipe off excess, rinse and dry

The next step is to sand it down to a smooth finish with sandpaper. Following this, you can protect the wood surface by rubbing it with a natural oil such as:

  • Mineral oil
  • Soy or nut oil
  • Specialized products for food surfaces


Chalk It up to Style

If you can’t be bothered to restore an old wood piece of furniture, chalk paint is a great alternative. This all-seeing, all-doing paint is up for just about any task, and it doesn’t require any sanding, stripping, priming or any other tedious prep work. It can be applied over just about any finish, including: 

  • Oil or latex paint
  • Stains
  • Lacquer
  • Polyurethane

Chalk paint is latex-based and is available in just about every colour imaginable. It is easy to work with, very forgiving and can be applied with either a brush or sprayer. One thing to note is that chalk paint produces a matte finish.


Cleaning Pianos

Our Vernon movers have handled their share of pianos over the years. While some are maintained in tip-top shape, others looked like they could have used a little sprucing up.

Keeping a piano clean is all about preventative maintenance. By washing your hands before you play, you minimize the amount of dirt and grime that can get on the instrument.

Regularly feather dusting your piano is sufficient for keeping the outside clean (leave the internal parts to a professional). A slightly damp white cloth is sufficient for cleaning the keys.


For more tips from our team of movers, check out: How to Clean Different Metals During Your Move.


For friendly advice and accurate quotes, call Bekins Moving & Storage. Our Vernon movers offer free in-home estimates for both residential and commercial moves.