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#1 posted 09-29-2017 02:21 PM

Thanks, Jim. I didn’t mention the mural and I should have. You definitely don’t want to use any sort of solvent on that area. A few drops of dish soap in some water — or ammonia like Jim mentioned — should remove grime, but again, try it on a tiny spot that’s as inconspicuous as possible. Or, possibly just mask it off and leave it alone.

Also, nothing I mentioned was intended suggest a refinish of the piece. That’s risky. All I was suggesting was a thorough cleaning and some sort of sealer to protect the wood.

Then again, there’s good old Murphy’s oil soap :)

Here is a short video by Tom Johnson where he cleans, without refinishing, an old chest. It might be useful, as well as several other of his videos. I’ve learned a lot of tricks from him that I use on my work.

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