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How to Clean Grime from Woodwork

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If you want to avoid stripping and refinishing the woodwork in your home, try cleaning it first. Sometimes all it needs is a good scrubbing!

For painted surfaces: Simply scrub with soap and warm water.

For Clear Finishes: Mix equal parts paint thinner and a mild soap, like Murphy Oil Soap. Apply to the area with a sponge or paint brush. Wipe the Solution off with a clean rag to remove the dirt. You might remove a thin layer of varnish or shellac, since the grime may have melded with it.

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For the details in the wood: Use a toothbrush to get in there and scrub!

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  1. HayZee518's Avatar
    any kind of paint thinner will dissolve the top layer of a wall or wood finish, so I'd be careful using it. the universal solvent [water] is your best bet with a surfactant [a detergent]