How to Clean Birch Plywood

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  • 1-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 30-200
What You'll Need
Degreasing cleaner, preferably biodegradable
Scrub brush
Spray cans or bottles
Finish restorer
Vacuum cleaner
Linseed oil

Birch plywood tends to become faded and discolored with age. If you have furniture at home that is made out of birch plywood, you may want to restore it by cleaning and polishing it so that it does not look old and unclean. Although restoration is needed to make them look better and to return them to their original condition, it is not a very elaborate or difficult task and can be performed at home. When you clean birch plywood, you may want to restore it to the original finish. Keep in mind that while cleaning the birch plywood furniture is not very difficult, it certainly is time-consuming. Here’s how you can clean birch plywood.

Step 1 – Cleaning

Clean the cabinets using a dusting rag. Remove all the dirt that may have settled as well as any grease or other residues on the plywood. If there is a lot of grease on the plywood, fill in a spray can with the degreasing cleaner and spray it on the entire plywood. Wait for a few minutes and let the cleaner settle in. Then, using a scrub brush, you can clean the plywood with gentle strokes. You can also use sandpaper to remove stubborn residues or stains from the surface of the plywood. Once you have sanded the surfaces, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the wood particles.

Step 2 – Rinsing

Once you have applied the degreasing cleaner and scrubbed the plywood clean, the next step is to rinse the cabinet with water and let the furniture dry thoroughly. Air drying is usually the best way to let the furniture dry. However, if the wood is very old, it is best to not subject it to water. Instead, you can dampen a rag and remove the oil and chemicals manually by scrubbing it clean.

Step 3 – Finishing

Use a cloth to daub on the finish restorer. Apply the chemical to the birch plywood in circular motions and continue to rub the cloth around the wood. If you have applied the restorer in excess, you can use a clean, damp cloth to remove it.

Step 4 – Glossing

Once the birch plywood is clean and the stains are gone, you can restore the original sheen to the plywood. While the restorer would have helped bring back some of the original colors of the cabinet, you can use linseed oil to give a glossy finish to the wood. Boil the linseed oil for a few minutes and allow it to cool. Then, using a paintbrush, cover the entire plywood. Not only will this get the sheen of the plywood back, but it will also cast a protective coating on the plywood, preventing it from getting stained again. Since with time, the coating can wear off, you will have to repeat the cleaning and restoring process after every few years. Linseed oil is one of the best options to keep stains from ruining your plywood.