Cleaning Very Old Pine Wood Paneling?

I recently moved into an older home with very old pine wood paneling that is very dark. I have started cleaning it with Murphy's Wood Oil Soap, which is proving a bit expensive, to say the least. I am trying to find a more economical and quicker way to remove the buildup as this would really brighten the room. Any suggestions for homemade cleaning solutions that work would be greatly appreciated.


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February 4, 20190 found this helpful

You can use any mild detergent mixed with warm water

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February 18, 20190 found this helpful

Are you trying to just clean or lighten?

Cleaning can be done with a little blue Dawn dish soap in warm water. Wash in one top down. Do not saturate the wood. A fan to dry it is helpful

Lightening may require the wood being sanded. Unless you have a lot of experience with this, I don't recommend trying it on your own. I say this because I ruined a door trying it. It got all uneven and wonky.

Cost myself more than if I would have hired a person experienced in wood refinishing.

Post back photos of the finished product!

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