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cleaning antique wood

Posted by treasureforu ( on
Thu, Jul 16, 09 at 16:17

I need to actual wash some antique wood furniture because of some home renovations. I was thinking that if I used Murphy's oil and dried as I went that things might come out clean without any damage. Anyone ever tried this or something similiar?
Thanks Posting this on the antique forum also

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RE: cleaning antique wood

I'm certainly not an expert on the topic, but I have used a similar process after having my hardwood floors installed. For most wood surfaces, I did a small area at a time with Murphy's (mixed in a bucket and used a well rung rag) and then immediately dried with a dry, soft cloth. The only thing I didn't use this on was a highly-polished wood surface. I didn't have any problems and it really helped get the dust and dirt out.

On the other furniture, I used olive oil and lemon juice (4 oz. olive oil and about 30 drops of lemon juice). Mixed in a spray bottle, spray on, rub, and dry with a soft cloth.

RE: cleaning antique wood

I've used Royal Guardsman polish, pour a little on a damp rag. like am old washcloth. It cleans all kinds of wood, don't use a lot of water and rub a lot. Dry with a soft cloth (I use old flannel diapers). Just my experience.

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