Cleaning Bare Wood

I have a small shelf of bare wood that is a lovely color-except where the dust is ingrained into it. The previous owner left it either in the garage or outdoors somewhere. How do I remove the ingrained dust from it? I tried baby oil, which a standard cleaner in my house, but it didn't work. That's been a while ago so hopefully the oil's dried up and won't inhibit cleaning it.

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By nekocat from OR

August 31, 20090 found this helpful

What about an orbital type sander, or one of the small hand held ones? If you don't have one, check around to see if someone has one you could borrow, or better yet, come do it for you! They would sand the surface of the shelf, and get the layer of dust and grime off. Hubby has bunch of those shelves in the utility room, and I collect old car floor mats when I find them, cut them up, and line the shelves with them, to help contain the paints, cleaners, tools, etc.

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

I agree that it has to be sanded. Easier if you can detach it from the wall or wherever. After, apply a protective coat of some kind. There are many.

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