The Best Wood Cleaner Options for Furniture, Floors, and More
The beauty of the wood gives it a timeless look, and talented artisans produce both traditional and contemporary designs that add style and function to your home. Solid wood furniture and floors can last for generations with proper cleaning and care. Wood veneers and laminates are also popular. While not quite as durable, they offer the same visual richness and appeal at lower prices.
Between the different types of wood, veneers and laminates, this multitude of surfaces can create confusion when it comes to finding the best wood cleaner. Unfortunately, manufacturers do not always clarify which applications their wood cleaners are best for.
This guide introduces some of the best wood cleaner formulas and their features. including ingredients, ease of use, stain removal, UV resistance and more.
Our top picks
There is a wide range of wood cleaners to choose from and their uses often overlap. Below are some of the top performing wood cleaners available in their respective categories.
Howard Products ORS016 Orange Oil Wood Polish cleans and polishes with a spray and thorough wiping. Although beeswax is the traditional finish for fine wood furniture and is certainly nutritious, it is cumbersome to apply and the residue can attract dirt. Citrus oils are equally beneficial for wood and don’t leave a sticky finish.
This orange oil cleans by removing dirt and dust from surfaces with a quick spray and wiping it with a lint-free cloth or microfiber cloth. The oil also penetrates below the surface and replenishes the moisture lost through heat and air conditioning. The result is an attractive shine, long-lasting protection and a pleasant smell in a cleaner that is gentle enough for valuable antiques or new pieces of wood.
Wood floors can be treated very harshly, especially on children or pets, but Black Diamond Stoneworks Wood & Laminate Cleaner overcomes the challenges of cleaning hardwood floors. The cleaner also leaves a tough, durable polymer finish that protects the surface from further damage. The non-toxic, hypoallergenic formula is biodegradable and safe for children and pets after drying.
Apply the cleaner using a spray bottle (inexpensive refills are available), then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth or mop. It leaves a streak-free finish with no rinsing, although it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions for best performance. In general, Black Diamond is effective at removing dust, dirt, and oily stains from hardwood and laminate floors and can be used on less common flooring such as bamboo and cork.
The biodegradable cleaner Sal Suds from Dr. Bronner is a mild plant-based floor cleaner that comes as a concentrate, which also makes it economical. Simply dilute the formula as directed and apply with a mop. The cleaner is skin-friendly (although you should avoid getting it in your eyes) yet effectively cuts through grease and dirt. The pleasant scent of pine comes from its natural ingredients.
While it’s primarily designed as a household and wood floor cleaner, there’s no reason why you can’t use it to clean furniture by finding an adequate solution for wiping surfaces. Dr. Bronner’s floor cleaner does not contain bleach, synthetic dyes, preservatives or fragrances. It is not tested on animals and is certified vegan.
The allergens in household dust can be a serious problem for sensitive people. However, this Pledge disinfectant can remove dust and flakes of skin from hard surfaces. The lemon-scented wood cleaning aerosol is suitable both as a stain remover and as a polish and leaves a scratch-resistant coating.
It’s easy to use. Simply spray the cleaner onto a suitable cloth or directly onto furniture and then wipe it off. One of the main advantages of a multi-surface cleaner is that it can be used to clean wooden furniture and all steel or plastic fittings with the same product. This Pledge disinfectant is less effective on bare wood and should not be used on floors as it can make them slippery. The cleaner can be used on laminates, sealed and painted surfaces, and most hard surfaces around the home.
Weiman wood cleaning and polishing cloths may appear simple, but they offer a number of useful functions. As with many of the best wood cleaners, the formula focuses on plant-based ingredients rather than silicone or wax. This leaves a warm sheen with no sticky residue.
These versatile wipes contain sunscreen to reduce drying and fading caused by ultraviolet rays. Wooden furniture that is a little past its heyday can restore cleanliness and shine with the Weiman cloths, which also offer a certain degree of surface restoration. The formula is designed to hide minor scratches and works well for quick cleaning of wooden furniture.
This practical resealable tub contains 30 wipes. While the chemicals leave a non-toxic finish when dry, the wipes warn of eye contact or ingestion.
Rejuvenate Cabinet & Furniture Restorer has cleaning power and the ability to revive scratched or faded wooden surfaces when exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays. The polymer-based formula first fills in surface markings, then brings back the natural warm color and then adds a shine. A single layer is all that is required. The treated wood is given a UV-resistant coating that shakes off stains and lasts for several months. To make it easier to use, the purchase of the cleaner includes a microfiber glove.
Rejuvenate is safe to use on all solid wood furniture, laminates, and Formica, but is not recommended for veneered tables. Rejuvenate also produces a floor cleaner with the same restorative benefits.