How to Restore & Take Care of Original Oak Woodwork
We are rehabbing a 1917 home with lots of original oak woodwork. On the main floor the woodwork (crown, baseboard, staircase, door & window trim, fireplace mantle, built ins, even the window sashes) have never been painted, but they've obviously been refinished and made a bit lighter than the dark/shiny original varnish. There is lots of tiger stripe in the wood. It's beautiful, but needs some love. I don't know where to start. I think I read somewhere that polishing this stuff is a bad idea, too.
Can someone please tell me what the best process is for restoring this woodwork? How do I know if it needs refinished? What is the best refinishing process? What do I watch out for? Once it's all done, what's the best way to keep it clean and looking beautiful? TIA!