Sailor knots boards are a beautiful way to decorate our homes and give them a nautical touch. However, sometimes humidity or changes in temperature can cause the windows to fog up on the inside, preventing you from enjoying a good view of the knots. In this post, I am going to guide you step by step on how to clean your knot board, including the interior, in a simple and effective way.

Tools needed:

  • Gloves to protect your hands
  • Blanket or fluffy fabric
  • Cutter or some cutting tool
  • Screwdriver and pliers
  • Masking tape
  • Soft microfiber cloths
  • Glass cleaner
  • Soft bristle brush (optional)
  • Furniture wax (optional)

Workspace preparation:

Before starting, it is important to prepare the work area. Place the display case on a flat, clean and not very hard surface. For example, instead of placing the knot board directly on a table which can damage the wood of the frame, place a fairly thick blanket between the painting and the table. Make sure you have enough space around you to maneuver comfortably.

Cleaning process:

  1. If the exterior is very dirty, start by removing dust from the exterior of the display case using a soft microfiber cloth. Wipe the cloth gently over the surface.
  2. To clean the inside of the display case, you must first open it. To do this, it is important to know that the display case is made up of two main parts: the frame and the board that holds the knots. To open it, remove the tape that covers the joint between the frame and the board.
  3. Next, use a screwdriver and pliers to remove the staples holding the board to the frame. Once this is done, you can separate the board from the frame.
  4. Clean the glass attached to the frame using a microfiber cloth and glass cleaner. Wipe in circular motions to remove any dirt or fog.
  5. Take the opportunity to clean the board and the sailor knots. Use a soft bristle brush to remove any accumulated dust and dirt, if any.
  6. If you wish, you can apply a thin layer of furniture polish to the wood of the frame. This will help protect and shine the surface.
  7. Once cleaning is complete, place the board back into the frame, securing it with the staples. Cover the joint between the board and the frame with masking tape again.
  8. When you have it closed, clean the exterior again, eliminating any dust residue or fingerprints left by hands. Use a soft microfiber cloth to gently wipe the surface, making sure to reach all corners and edges.
  9. Finally, place the box in its place.


Maintaining a sailor knots board in good condition is simple if you follow these steps. Remember to be delicate with the materials and take the time necessary to make your painting look impeccable, both inside and out. Now you can enjoy your space decorated with that nautical touch!

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