spots on bare wood after bleaching

Old 06-03-05, 09:25 AM
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spots on bare wood after bleaching

The finish on my oak kitchen cabinet doors became sticky over time on the areas that are handled frequently. The grain at the top of the cabiniets under the sink also became black. I stripped the finish off the doors and found that they would also need bleaching to remove the black from the grain. A solution of 1/2 household bleach and 1/2 water seemed to remove the black grain but after rinsing and drying the doors in the sun, they developed small black specks that look to me like mildew (happened within 4-5 hours). I went over them again with straight bleach which seemed to work for some of the pieces but a few still have faint traces of the black specks. One cabinet that appeared to be ok showed the specks after the stain was applied. Any suggestions on what to do next? Does this sound like it could be mildew? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 06-07-05, 08:39 AM
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The black specs are what's left of the original stain leaching back to the surface of the wood.

While houshold bleach works in many cases, a specific wood bleach should clear up your problem. It's sold as "wood bleach" - available from:




It's chemical composition is actually oxalic acid - use as directed.


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