I just bought a house and the banisters are gummy-sticky dirty. You can actually scrape some of the yucky stuff off them. I'm wondering if there is anything that would dissolve this stuff. They are nice wood so I don't want to mess them up. Thanks!
Have you tried Goo Gone?
Yeah, I would suggest anything citrus-based. It'll make the wood super shiny, too!
Hi, there's a product called "Cabinet Magic" that I used on my kitchen cabinets and it really did a nice job. It removed the grease and grim...the kind that can dull the finish and they look great. I believe it was purchase at Home Depot. They do have a website...www.magicamerican.com
For older house: I cleaned the banister in my (100-year-old) house with mineral spirits and a lint-free cloth. It will remove wax and scunge without removing the shellac or varnish underneath. This is not for routine cleaning, just for once-a-decade cleaning; test in an inconspicuous place first. After cleaning you can rewax.
I cleaned my grandmothers 125 year old bannister with Murphy's Oil Soap. Good for wood.
I get good results with foam kitchen cleaner. Spray and let the foam do it's job. It will lift the gunk without soaking the wood.
For oil, varnish or lacquer finishes:
1 qt Warm water
3 tbs Boiled Linseed oil
1 tbs Turpentine
[test in an inconspicuous area first]
Keep the mixture warm in a double boiler.
Rub the finish with a soft cloth dampened with it.
Wipe the surface clean and polish with a dry cloth.
(Dullness is difficult to remove from a varnish or enamel of poor quality. Apply a thin coat of paste wax and buff well.
Have you tried a product called Awesome from dollar tree stores? I have used it for everything. Also try a magic eraser.
Murphy's Oil Soap might work and not harm your wood.
I use the MR CLean magic eraser.
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