I recently inherited an old bedroom set from my great-grandmother. (I believe the wood is mahogany.) The furniture appears dry, the finish is dull, and it seems to be in need of a good cleaning. I would rather not strip and repaint the set. Any suggestions for cleaning up old furniture? Thanks!
Alot will depend on if the wood is heavily soiled or just dull from lack of polish.If you need to remove soil I would suggest a product such as Murphy Oil Soap or similar product.Using a sponge or cloth wet the wood only enough to remove the soil,you'll rehydrate the wood with either a wax or polish.Although very laborious,I have had good luck with paste waxes which contain carnauba.The wood requires hand polishing about 4 minutes after applying,but the results are outstanding.A regular furniture polish is also acceptable.For touching up scratches,try Old English.
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