How to clean oil paintings?

Painting has what looks like mold on it. I am afraid to use bleach or detergent.
  6 answers
  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 26, 2016
    Try gently brushing the area with a clean new toothbrush and see it you can remove whatever is on the painting. I would avoid using a cleaning solution as you may damage the painting.
  • Eileen  Campbell Eileen Campbell on May 26, 2016
    The surprising way to clean oil paintings is with spit and cotton buds and a lot of patience.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 26, 2016
    Yet another surprise try using a doughy type of bread. Take the biggest part of the dough and gently rub from one side to another.
  • Patty Patty on May 27, 2016
    Go to,,they have several scenarios and you might be able to match your situation with the proper one. Good luck
  • Bonnie Dyson Bonnie Dyson on May 27, 2016
    Using a mild dishwashing soap make "regular" dishwashing strength dilution and use soft toothbrush very gently. Only do small area at a time, drying with soft lint free rag as you go
  • Wdt4986385 Wdt4986385 on May 27, 2016
    Thank you all for answering my question. and giving me the courage to try to clean the 1976 oil paintings. Used bleach, water, tiny pit of detergent, very soft toothbrush, dampened soft cloths. Did the paintings in small sections being careful to use as little of the mixture as possible, and dried each section with the soft cloths. Paintings are so much brighter and I am pleased.
    • MN Mom MN Mom on May 27, 2016
      That's wonderful! Glad you were able to use the cleaning products, brushes etc and have a great outcome!