Asked on Jul 18, 2013

How to clean old paneling

Kathy DoyleDottie UnruhSherrie


I have years of dust and dirt on upstairs paneling no one was up their since the early 80's. It is a light pine .What is the best way to dust and clean it.
8 answers
  • Lou Koehn-Chill
    on Jul 18, 2013

    Old English works really well,if it's really dusty I would use a swifter duster 1st.Will probally use several duster refills.Hope this helps!!!

  • Therese C
    on Jul 20, 2013

    Ron look at old school hardware stores for a product called Soilex. It is incredible at cleaning paneling. Mix it with will turn green...wash the paneling down (no rinse needed) and when the water is longer greenish, change the water for fresh and go again. It usually only takes one time over and it will be clean.

  • I moved into a home built in the 60s that had knotty pine in 3 spaces. When I initially cleaned it, I used Murphy Oil Soap but to maintain it, I use something like Orange Glo. I get one of those cheap sponge mops and cut that plastic flap off of it and use it to apply the cleaner. Much easier on the back. Works like a charm. HTH

  • Sherrie
    on Jul 21, 2013

    Dish soap, water, and a micro fiber mop. You don't need much soap to clean it.

  • Sia@South 47th
    on Jul 21, 2013

    here is a link for you: And the best of luck to you! it's a PITA but after it's thoroughly cleaned you can paint it if you like!

  • Sherrie
    on Jul 21, 2013

    If it is sealed with a polyurethane the cleaners you use could create damage or dull the surface. You also need to dry it after you clean it so water doesn't create more damage such as buckling.

  • Dottie Unruh
    on May 6, 2015

    I love Liquid Gold.

  • Kathy Doyle
    on May 28, 2015

    I take an old hand towel and safety pin it on/over a broom. Spray the towel with whatever dusting; cleaning mix you want to use. I do not use a Swiffer duster. My sister did that to make it easier than the towel. She then had to remove fuzzes from the Swiffer duster. so watch out for rough wood. Towel worked fantastic

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