I have a situation in which I have new unfinished cherry windows in my
house. They got all dirty and dusty during the construction and then some
dumb person got them wet. So now I have raw cherry windows that are very
dirty with the dirt going below the surface because of the water. Does
anyone have any suggestions on cleaning the wood before I begin normal
finishing operations? Any help is greatly appreciated!
So will the mineral spirits "absorb" the stains that were created by the wet
"dirt" and dust? The stains seem to be in the grain. They look alot tlike
steam stains on rough lumber that comes out of a steam kiln. If you have
bought rough lumber, you willknow what I mean. I agree about using
Clorox.....I want to minimize any alteration of the natural color. Thanks
for your continued help.
The egg and oil will attract the attention of the dog, who will lick the
area and disperse the discoloration.
My feeling is that if the spots were made by an ionic solvent - water - they
will not respond to a nonionic like any of the solvents mentioned. What is
carried by water to the edges of the spots won't be washed away except by
water. I always set up the grain with water prior to the final sanding on
any project anyway, and it doesn't seem to hurt cherry. You might use
alcohol to speed evaporation.
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