how to clean paneling, how to clean wood panelingWood paneling doesn’t have to be a crime against interior decorating.  It can be modern and beautiful in any room, especially if the wood is well taken care of and clean. Paneling is pretty easy to clean. All you have to do to get clean paneling is follow our easy tips!


Always dust your paneling before you do any wet-cleaning. You don’t want the dust and dirt on your walls turning to mud! Skipping this step could mean more mess and a bigger cleaning job. Dust with a soft cloth starting from the top and working toward the bottom.

How to Clean Finished Wood Paneling

Wet a sponge or cloth with warm soapy water. You can also make a homemade wood cleaner from a cup of water, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 1/2 cup of mineral oil. Whichever cleaner you use, you want the cloth or sponge to just be damp, so squeeze out excess water. Too much water on wood paneling could cause stains or discoloration.

Once you’ve got a cloth or sponge at the right level of dampness, wipe the walls. To avoid streaks on the paneling, start from the bottom.  Use a dry lint-free cloth to dry the paneling. Work in small sections.

How to Clean Unfinished Wood Paneling

Unfinished wood will soak up moisture like a sponge. If you have a mark or stain, you might need to apply a wood stain that will cover the blemish or sand it away.

You should frequently oil or polish unfinished wood paneling to keep it in good condition. You can clean by brushing the wood with a soft brush or going over it very lightly with a barely damp cloth.

How to Clean Painted Paneling

This is pretty similar to cleaning finished paneling. Just clean with warm soapy water starting from the bottom. Dry with a clean cloth.

It’s Easy to Get Clean Paneling!

Paneling gives your home a unique look. Make sure that look is a good one by ensuring the paneling is clean! If you want help with wall cleaning or other household chores, consider calling your local house cleaning company.