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How to clean untreated wood

If your wood has been left untreated it will probably have turned a grayish color and be covered in dirt and grime!

Before attempting to apply any sort of finish to it you should definitely use a wood cleaner to remove all this dirt and restore the wood’s natural color. This will also help the finish to penetrate as dirt and grease can prevent a good adherence and therefore lead to peeling and flaking.

What tools do I need to clean untreated wood?

You can use any of the following tools to use Net-Trol wood cleaner.

  • Stiff Bristled Nylon Brush/Broom
  • Synthetic Brush/Roller
  • Net-Trol

How do I use Net-Trol to clean my untreated wood?

Net-Trol wood cleaner and brightener

  • Wet the surface with clean water
  • Apply Net-Trol wood cleaner with a synthetic brush or roller
  • Scrub the surface with a Stiff brush or broom
  • Leave it to work for 10-20 minutes
  • Scrub the surface whilst rinsing with water (you can use a pressure washer here if you wish)
  • Repeat if required

Please ensure that you allow your wood surfaces to dry for at least 48 hours before applying a finish.

Our video guide to cleaning untreated wood

What do I need to know?

Make sure that you follow all instructions and take the safety precautions specified on the tin. You’ll need to ensure that you shake the container before use and cover any areas you want to protect.

When working with vertical wood cladding, it’s important to work from bottom to top, in order to avoid streaking.

You should also make sure that you don’t apply Net-Trol when the temperature is below 41°F (5℃) or above 95°F (35℃). It’s also worth bearing in mind that a hot surface will mean that your product will dry too quickly.

Other uses for Net-Trol wood cleaner

Net-Trol is great for cleaning untreated wood surfaces and restoring their natural wood color but you can also use it for a number of other purposes including:

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