I have a set of Heywood Wakefield dining chairs - blond
wood, good varnish, but they're dull and grimy. I'd like
to clean and shine up the wood when I re-do the cloth seats.
What's the best stuff to clean furniture with? I've been
told standard wax, and also oil and fine steel wool. I don't
want or need to strip the varnish.
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" I have a set of Heywood Wakefield dining chairs - blond
I tend to wax only wood that has an initial wax finish, not over good
varnish, and wax is not a cleaner. Further, should you revarnish in the
future, the wax would resist being coated by varnish.You might try a sponge
and soap, such as Murphey's Oil Soap, but I would steer clear of steel wool
if the varnish is in good shape. Oil is for previously oiled - not
varnished - wood. Bottom Line - stick to cleaning it - no wax, no oil, nor
steel wool. Your local paint/hardware store will have both advice, and
products that clean varnished but grimy surfaces.
Makes sense. The hardware person said that Murphy's Oil Soap might
dull an old varnish finish, though it would be fine for one that was still
new and tough. Mine is somewhere in between.
Thanks for the help. I might try a different hardware store...
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o-------= Charles Martin =--o
Look around in www.refinishwizard.com forum for cleaning tables. If
memory serves naptha is suggested often as it will strip any wax and
AMY wax left will cause recoating problems.
On Sun, 10 Jul 2005 16:57:41 GMT, Charles Martin in Seattle
The easiest method is to use BriWax. It comes in 4 or 5 shades
including clear. Cleans, polishes, restores, and wax in one step,
about $15 a can. Look for it at a woodworkers store or possibly
On Sat, 09 Jul 2005 20:07:51 GMT, Charles Martin in Seattle
There are two ways to do this.
Add about a capful of a pH neutral dishwashing liquid like Dawn to a
gallon of water. Saturate a fresh cleaning cloth with the solution and
squeeze out any excess so it is damp and not dripping. Wipe down the chair
with the damp cloth followed immediately with a fresh dry cloth. Wipe down
the chair with a fresh cloth dampened with fresh water again following up
immediately with fresh dry cloth. Finally wipe down the chair with mineral
spirits. The soap solution will remove water soluble dirt and a good deal
of wax and oily dirt. The mineral spirits will take care of any remaining
wax and oily dirt. The idea with the soap solution is to clean the chair
with it but not so deeply as to soak the wood.
The second way to clean the chair is to use Permatex DL Blue Label Hand
Cleaner. This cleaner does not contain any abrasives or grit. You will
need lots of clean cloths for this. You will still need to go over it with
mineral spirits at the end to remove any remaining oils from the hand
cleaner. The first method is a bit safer.
Going over the chair with wax to clean it will remove only a tiny amount
of dirt. You will still have to rewax the chair if cleaned by either of the
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