Using reclaimed wood in projects has reached a fevered pitch. I have been obsessed with it since before I was married (over 15 years) and so I am glad that it has become a “thing.” I do worry; though, being a self proclaimed germaphobe, that people do not take the time to properly clean it before using it in their homes. So in an effort to save the world from dirty reclaimed wood, here is how I sanitize the crap out of reclaimed wood.
Before I take you through my process, make sure and read all the way through to the end because since I am a brand ambassador for HomeRight, I get to GIVEAWAY one of my favorite products today!
If I have stored it outside and it has mud and/or bugs on it, I hose it down before doing anything else. Once it is dry, I sand it smooth. I don’t want anyone getting slivers when handling it and it makes it easier to dust down the road.
Even though I hosed it off outside, it is still not super clean. I scrub it down with hot soapy water. Usually I do this in the bathtub or shower.
And last but not least, the part that most people don’t do, is to steam it like crazy. It is one thing to have it visibly clean and a whole other thing to have it sanitized.
I use the handheld part of my HomeRight Steam Machine Plus (affiliate link). It rocks my world and I use it ALL the time. You can read more about how I use it in my home. I also love my other HomeRight SteamMachine Steamer . You can’t go wrong with either one.
I have two big projects coming up that use reclaimed wood that I am SO EXCITED to share with you!
Here are some of the ones from the past in case you missed them.
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