The best cleaning products for wood are Pledge, Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner and Libman Hardwood Floor Everyday Cleaner, according to Good Housekeeping. These powerful products also nourish and protect sealed wood surfaces such as floors.
Vinegar is a non-toxic alternative to commercial wood cleaners. Undiluted vinegar removes dirt and oily residue, and diluted vinegar restores shine. Many surface stains respond well to scrubbing with a paste of table salt and vinegar.
Effective wood care requires appropriate cleaning products and proper application. Wood cleaning should begin with dusting, according to Better Homes and Gardens. Vacuums quickly remove dust from hardwood floors, and rags are convenient for smaller items. Diluted wood cleaner removes grime and surface stains. It can be applied with a mop or a sponge and removed with a damp rag.
Liquid wood cleaners do not remove stains embedded in hard varnish. The best way to remove these stains is to scrub them with steel wool, says Better Homes and Gardens. When the stain is gone, the wood should be treated with a coating of wax and buffed with a soft, moistened cloth. A mixture of 3 parts olive oil and 1 part vinegar may be used instead of wax.