Rubbing alcohol, also called
Rubbing alcohol can help remove sticky gunk and also acts as a disinfectant—a big reason why we have it in our medicine cabinet. It is cheap, effective, and multi-purpose, making it very attractive to use. But whatever you do, never use it on your wood furniture.
A mixture of 1 part Chlorine Bleach, (Clorox) to 32 parts water (½ cup bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water) will need to sit on surfaces for 5-10 minutes in order to disinfect them. We found this did not harm either of our wood finishes.
Mix 2 parts rubbing alcohol with 1 part water to create our homemade disinfectant. Then pour the mixture into your spray bottle. Hold the bottle 6 inches away from your furniture and lightly mist your sofas, loveseats, chairs, etc. Allow your furniture to dry before you sit.
Rubbing alcohol and finished wood don't mix well. A rubbing alcohol spill on your wood furniture can be disastrous, as they are often permanent stains. That's why taking care of the stain promptly and properly is critical. Fixing a rubbing alcohol stain on a tabletop is possible, but you'll need to do it quickly.
The best cleaner is inexpensive as well as safe for your cabinets and the environment. Just mix distilled vinegar with rubbing alcohol with a 7 parts vinegar to 1 part rubbing alcohol and add a few drops of dish soap.
It's because of the alcohol in the sanitizer interacting with your finish. Adding oil is a good fix (I think that's because my floor is an oil-based varnish (its old, so I don't know)). So all the solutions with mayonnaise and everything else are just to add oil back to the finish.
Try rubbing the spot with white toothpaste. Let set for about 20 minutes, then buff with a soft cloth.
Do not use any cleaner or rubbing alcohol; it can stain it worse or damage permanently. To remove the stain, you will need 2 small/large cloths, depending on how big of stain and some mayonnaise. Instructions: Squirt mayonnaise onto surface and rub in around the area.
When you're doing a DIY woodworking project, it's a good idea to start with a fresh, clean surface. But whatever you do, if you're working with untreated wood, don't use a Clorox wipe to clear off dust and dirt. Because untreated or unpainted wood is porous, disinfectant wipes can leave it with a big, ugly stain.
To sanitize a cutting board, either plastic or wood, use a dilute chlorine bleach solution (1 tablespoon per gallon of cool water). Be sure to rinse it well with warm water.
Lysol disinfecting wipes are specially formulated to be safe on most finished wood surfaces such as cabinets, tables, and floors. However, they aren't recommended for untreated, unpainted, or unfinished porous wood surfaces. It's always best to do a quick spot test before applying wipes to your wood furniture.