How to Remove Wood Polish

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What You'll Need
Clean cloth
White vinegar
Lint-free towel
Gallon bucket
Oil-free soap
Paper towel

Wood polish normally is a great product that will leave your wood looking brand new and shiny. However, there may come a time when you decide to refinish an object made of wood. Wood polish can hinder your finishing process. You may have also accidentally gotten wood polish where you did not want it to go. Wood polish can also create a hazard, as it can create a very slick surface. The information contained below will show you how to remove wood polish easily.

Clean the Surface

It may seem redundant and pointless, but a dirty surface is never good to work with. Any kind of dust or grime can block the ability of the remover and can even make even more of a mess. The first thing you need to do is to wipe down the surface with a towel or rag. Use something that will not leave behind a residue when you are finished using it. Once the dust has been wiped off, you can now clean it thoroughly. Mix a small amount of soap with the water and mix it until suds form. Use a sponge dipped in the soapy water and rub the surface down to remove any type of residue left behind. Wipe the area down with a paper towel in order to dry the surface.

A man uses wood polish.

Remove the Wood Polish

Vinegar is a very powerful cleaning solution. In order to clean wood polish off of walls, counters, or furniture, mix water and vinegar on a one to one ratio. This makes a more powerful solution than others you may use. Even though it is just vinegar, still observe caution and wear gloves. Submerge a clean rag or towel into the vinegar and water mixture and remove the excess liquid. With the excess removed from the rag, you can begin scrubbing the surface. Constantly move the towel around in a non-uniform manner. Submerge the rag or towel in the mixture and remove the excess as often as you have to. You will know this is working when the surface no longer has that distinctive shine. Use a clean rag or towel to wipe down the surface in order to dry it.

If you are removing the wood polish from a floor, mix one cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water. Use the mop and clean the floor.

Buffing the Surface

The surface is now free of the wood polish but that does not mean it will not be protected against streaking or the accumulation of residue. Use a clean towel and quickly rub it across the surface. This will clean the surface further to remove dirt, dust, or an accumulation of residue. The residue can be a leftover product from the wood polish or even the vinegar mixture.