How to clean up stained baseboards

haus_proudJanuary 28, 2008

We are planning to have our living room and dining room repainted soon. The baseboards, doors and door frames in these 2 rooms are stained a sort of medium oak. The house is 20 years old, and we've lived here over 15 years. We've never done anything to the wood except dust it. I'm concerned that after we paint the wall the stained wood will show its tired condition and need some attention. I don't think it needs a major stripping/refinishing job. But I do want to clean it up so it will look fresh like the walls when they are painted.

I thought I might start with lemon oil and how it looks. If it seems to need more than that, what else can I do short of a whole refinishing job?

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Start with a good cleaning. Then you can evaluate and scuff sand add more finish if you think it needs it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Saving the finish

    Bookmark   January 28, 2008 at 7:04PM
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The site above is pretty decent.
i would argue that naphtha can be harder to use since it does evaporate so easily.

If you are not careful all you will do is smear the dirt around in a more uniform coat instead of removing it.

Paint thinner gives you a little more time to use paper towels or something else absorbent to take off the thinner and the dirt it has dissolved.

It is also cheaper than Naphtha.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2008 at 7:35PM
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