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Re: Cleaning a beautiful old pine table

Posted By: roger demuth <fero@sbcglobal.net> (adsl-69-221-130-154.dsl.akrnoh.ameritech.net)
Date: 5/2/5 15:21

In Response To: Cleaning a beautiful old pine table (Lida Graupner)

We get this question all the time but usually not on furniture that old. The accepted practice would be to wash it down with naptha and a 0000 steel wool pad. A better choice would be a synthetic steel wool pad made by 3M to eliminate steel fibers getting caught in the piece. If you can't find 0000 in 3M, 00 is available at places like Sears hardware. Due to the age you should try this in an out of the way place such as the inside of a leg or an apron. That will remove old oils. Follow by cleaning with Minwax Wood Cleaner (available also at Sears). The last step would be a coat or two of furniture wax......NOT automotive wax. Give the wax a while to dry and buff with 0000 steel wool again for a nice sheen. Minwax makes an acceptable wax.....just don't buy a tinted one unless you want to darken it a little. IMPORTANT! Do not allow Pledge anywhere near the table! It puts on a temporary shine only but loads up the wood with silicone (not a good thing).

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