Removing Build-up on Furniture Removing Build-up on Furniture
Old dirt, polish, grease, and wax can all be removed safely and carefully to bring out that special look our wood furniture once had. The original sheen and the glory of the wood's grain can once again shine in all their glory.
It is important that the furniture's finish is sturdy and not broken down. If it has broken down, you can tell because of its sticky appearance. If that is the case, then you will need to completely redo the furniture. If the finish is intact, follow the instructions here to renew its original status.
Take a soft, clean cloth and dip it into some paint thinner. Make sure that the area where you are working is properly ventilated. Replace the lid to the container of paint thinner to avoid any unnecessary spillage. Never pour the paint thinner directly onto the furniture. Wipe up any spills immediately.
Use the cloth to thoroughly wipe the furniture. It's best to work in the direction of the grain of the wood. Make sure that you wipe down every surface area. Pay special attention to areas that include crevices, ledges, and lips. Attempt to fit part of the cloth into those areas to remove the build up that has surely gathered there.
If you have any doubt that the paint thinner will mar your furniture in any way, begin in an inconspicuous spot. Once the furniture is dry, check it out thoroughly to see if you have been thorough - it is possible that you might have inadvertently missed a few spots. Repeat as necessary.
Additionally, it is necessary to thoroughly soak the rags with water immediately after using. Otherwise, the rags might spontaneously combust due to the combination of the paint thinner and the furniture's finish on the rags. Dispose of them properly.
Now, you are ready to finish the furniture to renew the original luster, reduce blemishes, and add a bit of protection. Simply put an application of a finishing wax on the furniture. Use a paste for the best results. To maintain your furniture, be sure to periodically wipe the furniture clean. You can use a soft, clean cloth to buff the furniture to a brilliant shine.