How to clean grunge from varnished wood?
I have a set of oak antique chairs I want to post on Craig's List. I thought I knew how to do this: mineral spirits.
But it's not coming off. It's grunge, not wear, you can see where it's overlaid on the finish. Finish is NOT fragile. These had been refinished before I bought them at a local antique shop about 10-15 years ago.
The mineral spirits is making the grunge grey or whitish, in spots, but it's not coming off. I'm applying it with a t-shirt rag. I think it's evaporating too quickly.
Would Lemon Oil do a better job of dissolving the grunge?
Because I'm selling them, I don't want to invest hours of labor that I won't get back. Husband insists I won't get more than $15 a piece, but these are over 100 years old, very well made, and cost ME $100 EACH. They are not beat up, just dirty in spots on the seats.