Cleaning up the wood work
After I have repaired and reglued a chair, I'm ready to give the woodwork a good cleaning before I put fabric on.
This is always a good idea to do before the fabric. You can get a bit sloppy with out warring about getting anything on the fabric. You can always comeback and do some touch up in the end when the fabric is on if need be.
So to clean up the wood work, I use a product called Howards Restor-A-Finish.
Restor-A-Finish is great for most furniture and woodwork to clean dirt and oils, and to darken up most scrapes and scratches, and to shin up the woodwork .
You can get it at most hardware or lumber stores and antique stores.
In the upholstery business we use a product called "Mar-away." Restor-A-Finish does the exact same thing as the "Pro" cleaner but at a better price.
Here is a link if you would like more information. http://www.howardproducts.com/restora.htm
Anyway, it is pretty easy to use. In my experience you need just 3 basic colors. A red, a dark brown, and a clear.
Wood tends to go toward its natural color anyway so you don't need a bunch of colors.
Also get some "0000" steel wool and you'll need some old rags.
One word of caution, If you would like to make yourself a wood cleaning and touch up kit like mine as seen in the picture, then get a good metal tool box to store your supplies in. Don't use a plastic or rubber container. Remember we are working with oil and old rags here. So think fire proof metal box when picking a tool box or container.