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Removing Grime From Antique Furniture

    • 1). Remove loose dust and dirt by wiping surfaces with a cloth slightly dampened with a solution of 1/4 cup oil soap diluted in 1 gallon of warm water. Repeat the process, changing the water as necessary, until all loose dirt is removed. Let it dry.

    • 2). Wipe a thin coat of gel cleaner on a small surface area with a soft cloth, rubbing gently in a circular fashion. You will immediately see black or brown grime on the cloth.

    • 3). Wipe the surface dry with another clean cloth.

    • 4). Repeat the process one section at a time, redoing surfaces until you achieve the cleanliness desired. Carved details and crevices can be gently scrubbed with an old, soft toothbrush.

    • 5). Wipe all surfaces with clean cloths until all gel and dirt are removed. Let the piece dry and then use a paste wax to restore shine, if desired.

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