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Re: Removing wax buildup and cleaning

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-2pool241-212.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 7/5/5 21:28

In Response To: Removing wax buildup and cleaning (Mary)

Paint thinner will dissolve wax without harming most finishes, start in a secluded spot to test the results. Also this will work for cleaning, as well lemon oil, which is mostly paint thinner, and smells nicer. The better product is called Naptha, and a cotton cloth is the least abrasive cloth for this purpose. Work a Naptha wetted cotton cloth over a 2'x2' area, as you see that there is a loosening of the dirt and wax, wipe off the loosened material with a separate cloth or paper towel. Continue in this manner, always using a separate paper towel to lift the wax slurry. This will prevent moving it all around again and give you a chance to see how much is or is not left on the surface. When the wipe comes up fairly clean then you can move on. In some cases a white Scotchbrite pad or 0000 steel wool will speed things along, but this can also cause minor scratching and dull the shine. If you want a satin shine then by all means use the steel wool or some other abrasive, cautiously, as it can go through the finish in thin spots like corners. Remember to always clean in line with the grain, and don't leave any oily rags in a pile as they can combust. The rags should be doused with water and disposed of out of doors to be safe. Once finished with the cleaning, you should access the finish and determine if it needs a fresh coat of wax. In cases of older finishes I suggest a toluene free wax to prevent damage to the finish.

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