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How To Brighten Up Your Wood Finishes


When it comes to wood, it can sometimes become dull, murky and tired with time. In such cases, it is necessary to take steps to brighten it up once again. This is a task that is not necessarily difficult, one simply needs to apply mineral spirits to it and it would be warm and shiny once again! In case of absence of mineral spirits, one can have some of this miraculous polish purchased from home center or the local hardware, it is fairly inexpensive and can be used for wiping all wooden furniture pieces around the house to refresh their looks.

The reason why mineral spirits work so well is because they are alcoholic in nature and they can cut through grime that is really old or accumulation from oils, wax and polish. In case of really stubborn spots, you can use extra mineral spirits. For hard-to-reach nooks and corners, one can use an old toothbrush or a small pad made of steel wool.

As useful as mineral spirits may be for brightening wood finishes, sometimes you might not want to use something so harsh, especially in case of special wooden furniture. In such cases, you can make use of a mild dish soap like Murphy Oil Soap. Simply apply it with the help of a paintbrush or sponge and wipe the surface clean with a kitchen rag.

Contrary to the popular thinking, mineral spirits do not bring harm to clear wood finishes, hence it is safe to experiment with this solution. In fact, you are sure to be pleasantly surprised by how effective this can be for brightening wood finishes. On the downside, the use of such polishing liquids can produce foul-smelling fumes, which is why it is necessary to use them in case of a well-ventilated room only. Also, one should exercise caution when using it because it is highly flammable. Thus, it is also necessary to pay attention to where one is disposing of the cloth used for cleaning after one is over with the cleaning process.

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6 thoughts on “How To Brighten Up Your Wood Finishes

  1. Really useful – thank you. I am in the process of renovating an old oak garden bench; just at the stripping stage. I am using a fine edged scraper and Stanley blades to clean the top surfaces of flaking paint and remaining stain. I will try the mineral spirits.

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