Cleaning a Banister

I need to repair and or clean my banister. There is gooey gummy black stuff caked on. I do not want to take off the cherry finish. It is not a good banister, but one I do not want to replace. Any suggestions? I do not have a photo.


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January 25, 20180 found this helpful
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Murphy's is a GREAT first step. If you don't get good results, you might do what my mother did to clean her wood kitchen cabinets. It's a more extensive process but yielded significantly-cleaner cabinets. She applied a turpentine & linseed oil mixture with fine steel wool. Sorry I don't remember the exact ratio but I'm sure it can be Googled. Must be done on a warmish clear day so you can ventilate the room adequately - and I'd recommend having several fans going as well. An area is "scrubbed" with the mixture & steel wool, let stand for a while and then the excess is rubbed with old CLEAN rags to buff. If this doesn't remove your gunky dark substance, you may need a professional. Good luck.

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January 23, 20180 found this helpful

Try Murphy's Oil Soap.

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