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Cleaning Varnished Wood

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Varnish is a common finish used on wood furniture and woodwork. When it gets dirty and grimy through age and usage it is time to clean it and return the beautiful finish. This is a page about cleaning varnished wood.


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October 19, 2010

If you steep old tea leaves in water for half an hour and strain the liquid, the tea is excellent for cleaning varnished woodwork. Put a little on a damp flannel and rub the wood lightly to get rid of finger marks and that dull, gummy look. The same infusion also brightens mirrors and windowpanes.

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February 16, 2010

Can I use "Old English" on varnish applied on a boat? Will it simply clean the varnish, or will it hurt the finish in any way?

By Chris


February 19, 20101 found this helpful

I don't know about the "Old English", but my neighbor has a boat with varnished wood, and uses "Murphy's Oil Soap".

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