Here are the three easy steps I use to wash and prep reclaimed wood (barn, fencing, crate… all of it!).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Hose (water)
- Dawn dish soap
- Soft bristle brush
Rinse wood. You’ll want to rinse all of the loose debris that may have collected on your wood.
Evenly distribute scarce amounts of dish soap, and using your soft bristle brush, lightly brush panels of wood in the direction of the wood grain. The key here is to LIGHTLY brush. We don’t want to erase all of the good, weathered charm of the reclaimed wood, but we do want to get rid of any yucky chemicals or bacteria. I find that I need to keep the water running slowly during the process. The wood will naturally soak up the water and you’ll need to keep the boards pretty wet and sudsy.
(Don’t forget to clean both sides)
Rinse and let dry. Make sure to rinse all soap suds from both sides of the wood, and let dry somewhere the wood can be exposed to good air flow.
Now admire the beauty of your newest stash of DIY gold!
Here’s a fun project I did with a few panels of this wood: