Cleaning (and keeping clean LOL) wooden banisters
We recently moved into a house that was built in the early 1990's. The wooden banister was filthy. Unfortunately I know nothing about wood so am coming to you for help. The wood "looks" like a light oak but I don't know enough to be sure.
The railing consists of a flat piece of wood running down the sidewall of the stairs with a curved piece on little stilts making up the handrail.
The flat piece looks sealed but the handrail does not. The grain of the wood has picked up black dirt. I tried cleaning it with Murphy's Oil and finishing with Pledge. The wood feels very dry to the touch and I am concerned that if I don't seal it or wax it with something, it will just get dirty again. (I have 4 kids)
Any suggestions would be appreciated. If you need photos, I can probably get some up on the net.
Thanks from a Newbie to the boards