Restoring an Old Trunk?

I have just purchased this lovely old trunk. I really don't know that much about it, but want to get it cleaned up. Can anybody help me please? I do want to do the inside too, but it's the outside I'm more concerned about. I think it's wicker underneath, not sure


Many thanks.

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June 16, 20150 found this helpful

I collect these, Jane, and love them for not only room accents but also functionality (one for Christmas decorations, one for gift wrap and bags, one for board games ... you get my drift). They've come from various places and sources, one from an uncle who thought it pretty cool to add a coat of paint. It doesn't look bad, but I prefer the authenticity of those which were merely cleaned up. They are genuine antiques and by restoring you may be diminishing the value. So ... my advice? Clean it up as best you can, find out more about its origin and enjoy it as a conversation starter in your home.

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June 16, 20150 found this helpful

If you do anything to it, you will destroy it's value as an antique. Just use a soft cloth and elbow cleaning products.

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June 17, 20150 found this helpful

Hi, sorry I think you have the wrong idea of what I meant 'restoring'. I want to keep the originality there as much as possible. I just want to know the best products to give it a little life again as it's pretty filthy.
I've found out a little more, Of wicker with heavy black tar cloth covering and leather and brass fittings. So what should I use to bring the cloth and leather up? Any ideas?;-)

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May 15, 20190 found this helpful

Hi. I may be late to the party, but I thought I'd add my two cents(4 years late). There is a spray cleaner by Indigo Wild called Zum Clean Counter Cleaner. It is an all natural cleaner made with essential oils. I have used this cleaner to remove the dirt & grime from oil & acrylic paintings with great success. It is gentle & the essential oils help clean canvas & leather without drying it out. I have even used it on my leather purses & boots. I pretty much use it to clean everything, including my floors. If you haven't found what you were looking for to clean up the surfaces of your trunk, this may be what you need.

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June 22, 20150 found this helpful

Keep your old trunk as it is as much as you can tolerate. I would only dust it. Look for ways to lightly "clean" old wood or whatever material you think it is made from. I believe you can find your answer on If you do a lot of cleaning, you will devalue it. You sorta have to learn to like the dirt, I think. lol

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