What do you use to clean genuine wood cabinet doors? I can NOT use anything
that will have any lingering fragrance especially citrus. Thanks
Butterfly (Their maid must not have been able to reach anything higher than
5 feet SIGH)
"Butterflywings" wrote in
I love the Queen of Clean for things like this. We have no fragrance in
our house and this lady has saved me 100 times. For wood she reccomends
tea! 1 quart of boiling water with 1 or 2 tea bags... let it come to room
temp and use a soft cloth, keeping rag clean. If you have something extra
sticky, grab an oil... and buff at it.... olive oil, baby oil.... whatever
oil works with your allergies ;-) Glad you are settling in! Both of these
suggestions came from the book Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean
Murphy Oil Soap DOES have fragrance, by the way. Great cleaner,
though. I have used the tea-in-water process, and it works rather
well. Just don't soak the wood, and when you finish with one door or
section, wipe it down with a dry cloth -- you really don't want to hurt
the finish by letting water sit on it! There are also a variety of
wood-cleaning products sold in the better antique shops -- or just ask
the dealer of lots of antique wood furniture what he/she uses and
whether there is an odor and where he/she gets it. Good paint stores
also sell a variety of wood-cleaning products, but I believe most of
them do have fragrance. (Could you hire somebody to come in and do the
cleaning while you go somewhere else for the day?)
...Tung oil can be obtained quite easily...most suppliers who supply
tools for fine woodworking will have it. I have also seen it on EBay as
well offered by many folks.
Tung oil is quite often diluted with a solvent however...suggested
solvents are citrus solvent (made from orange peel) and turpentine
(pine based and strongly scented)...and if citrus allergies are an
issue then you certainly won't want to use the first one..just my 2
cents worth from back in the days when I did some antique furniture
My dad was a carpenter and cabinet maker; it's what he recommended,
it's what we use on our hardwood cabinets and wainscoting.
On 12/5/06 10:05 AM, in article rNgdh.59789$ email@example.com,
So glad you asked. We seem to be world's foremost authority. Miles and
miles of wood here in the Swamp home. Some of it is exquisite. Some of it
is just a cut above garbage dump grade. All of it benefits from a cleaning
with Murphy's. DH (the original misterclean), says his recipe is - a tiny
glug of Murphy's into a bucket of water about 6 inches deep. Water must be
changed constantly or you are putting dirt and sticky back on.
Those blue paper towels from the 'shop' or 'garage' section work well
and can be tossed. Butterfly, with months (really) of inside wood-cleaning
in progress post Katrina, we did not have a problem with a scent. Perhaps
you would want to try just one to see if it is a caution. Polly
Ah, This is one that I can answer. Never ever clean your furniture or
anything wood with any thing but Guardsman's polish and wood cleaner.
I learned this from my father owning a furniture store for 54 years.
It is the furniture polish and cleaner recommended by your high end
furniture manufacturers. It costs a little more but is well worth it.
I only polish my furniture once a year and the rest of the year I use
one of their cloths on the stuff. Last I got I got off ebay and it
was cheap, in a store it is very expensive. Here is a link to one kit
on ebay but it isn't the furniture one and the fragrance is citrus,
watch for others to come up for auction because they make it fragrance
Now I am sure some of you are going to say I have never heard of this,
well I recommended it to a cooking group I am on and people have
written me over and over telling me thanks, they say a kit sells for
like $50.00 or more dollars at home depot or lowes or a store like
that but like I said I found my last on ebay. That's one thing I miss
about my father having the store.
and I don't get a commission for the stuff, either.
Jacqueline in KY
Butterfly, if nothing else works, and I am sure you've had some super
advice..........I have had great luck cleaning all sorts of surfaces with
the Degreaser you can get in gallon jugs at Sam's Club. The scent does not
linger. It takes off the most incredible layers of dried grease from every
surface I have washed, though it's not much good at removing baked on
grease. Wear rubber gloves, it will also peel a layer of skin from your
hands. It is (relatively) inexpensive.
After cleaning and rinsing, I think a good dousing/soaking and rubbing with
some kind of woodworking oil would be very effective in restoring the
natural lustre (luster? I don't think so! lol) of the wood. If memory
serves me right, Tung oil is the right thing, I have used it on quite a few
natural wood items and it seems to be very, very good. A lovely shine and
no buildup. I would have to go out to the shed to check the brand name on
my supply, but I bet it won't matter what brand. One of my brothers had a
shop teacher who recommended plain old mineral oil for things like knife
blocks and cutting boards. I like it very much for kitchen things that get
washed frequently and need re-oiling often.
Now, if someone has an idea for removing the crust from the outside of
cast-iron skillets, I'd sure appreciate a tip!
Carolyn in The Old Pueblo
If it ain't broke, you're not trying. --Red Green
Alton Brown recommends this method, too. For every day cleaning, he
recommends scrubbing with coarse salt and a paper towel.
My method is to leave the cast iron cleaning to DH. He wanted the skillet,
he can clean it. :)
(I have to admit I have been eyeing a cast iron Dutch oven, though...)