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Re: how to clean cigarette film 40 yrs

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool247-165.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 4/5/5 10:36

In Response To: how to clean cigarette film 40 yrs (ian)

I hope the Murphy's hasn't created a problem, it can be to harsh on old finishes, despite what the advertising suggests. At this point I would proceed cautiously, try a cream polish or some naptha on a soft cotton cloth. After working in a small out of the way area, go over it with some paste wax and see what results when buffed. You may have dulled the finish, since smoke residue should have come off with the Murphy's Oil Soap. But hopefully you just stopped too soon. Any way give the Naptha a try and see what happens, and if the finish is still intact you should start to see tobacco tar loosen up and when you wipe that off a finish with some shine is below the grime. Good luck!

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