|Forum topic by Jimlaw||posted 02-01-2016 01:52 PM||482 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
02-01-2016 01:52 PM
Hoping to get your advice. I got some old barn wood from my wife’s childhood farm. It was part of a barn used to store hay. No idea what the wood has been exposed to. It was in a pile for a while. Found some mouse droppings in it. I gave it to a furniture maker and he made me a desk out of it with no stains, oils or polyurethanes. Picture attached. After it was delivered, I started feeling the wood, and it felt a little dirty. I ran a wet white cloth across it, and the cloth was very dirty. I called the furniture maker and asked him if he cleaned the wood (of course I assumed he would do this). Unfortunately, he told me that he wiped it off and lightly sanded it, and that is it. I then got some sponges and a bucket of water with small amount of dish washing detergent and tried to clean it best I could without soaking the wood. But now, if you rub it with a white cloth, it still comes up dirty.
I am a clean freak, and I am trying to decide what to do in terms of cleaning and sanitizing. Is there anything you would recommend for cleaning? Or sanitizing? Or, is there really any need for either? Should I sand it? Maybe I just put a satin poly finish on it and not worry about it. Although I cannot find any good discussion of it, I am thinking that maybe the dirt and the “patina” are one in the same, and to have the reclaimed look, there has to be dirt.
I did test it for lead and arsenic, and both tests were negative.
Your advice would be greatly appreciated.