Are your interior log walls looking a little dusty or downright grimy? Maybe it’s time for a good cleaning. Don’t let it get to the point where a striping and sanding are necessary. That’s a messy job inside a furnished cabin.
Start out with a thorough dusting. Getting rid of cobwebs, dust, pet hair, etc. can make a world of difference. The best approach is with a vacuum. A dust rag or feather duster will just redistribute the dust. A vacuum with brush and crevice attachments will contain dirt for disposal. You can follow up with a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the walls. If that doesn’t yield satisfactory results, you may need to move on to cleansing.
Different methods can be used to clean your log cabin walls. Whichever method you decide to use, test an inconspicuous area to make sure your logs are not adversely affected. Start with the mildest approach and escalate as needed.
You may have luck with Murphy Oil Soap which is designed for wood. It is only safe to use on finished wood. Simply sponge on Murphy Oil Soap, scrub and wipe the log cabin wall down. No rinsing required.
Soap and water might be enough to get the job done. A spray bottle makes application neater. Rinsing is necessary. Try using a plastic wallpaper tray at the bottom of the wall to catch the runoff.
For more stubborn buildup, try a tougher cleaner like trisodium phosphate (TSP) which is an inexpensive powered cleaner designed to clean decks. It is widely available at hardware stores and home improvement stores. Mix one cup TSP with one quart bleach and three quarts warm water. Protect your hands with gloves and make sure the room is well ventilated. Sponge on, then sponge off.
If cleaning doesn’t provide the results you want, it may be time to consider a light sanding of your log cabin walls.