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Solid Oak table...... how do I clean it~???

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by LittleMissSunshine, Aug 15, 2009.


  1. LittleMissSunshine

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    Hi all... I bought a solid oak breakfast bar and have no idea how to clean it, I have been wiping it down with just soapy water and a well wringed out cloth but I want to use something more hygenic! It's oiled oak and it's already losing it's nice smoothness!!!

    Any ideas?
     
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    hi hun!
    Done a little research for you on your problem
    The only thing that will successfully remove this type of dirt is mineral spirits (called varsol in Canada).
    Pour some in a plastic marg tub.
    Start by dipping a rag in the varsol and rubbing the dirt.
    Not sure what its called in the UK though.
    I guess it depends what sorta state the table is in .. start off with something mild, and work up i guess!
    When you get to battery acid, and it still not getting rid of the dirt on it, i'd give up!
     
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    Hi REd, thanks for that. It's a brand new table but being proper oak (and VERY expensive) I want to look after it. My dad has a solid oak work top and he oils his once a month which I'll do but I just want to keep it looking lovely!...it's a great table, it looks lovely and matches my kitchen but best of all even Poppy can't jump on this one (even when I'm not looking)! I left my dinner on the old normal height one went to answer the door, came back and dinner was demolished!!!! funnily enough she did leave the veg in tact on the plate!!!!! crafty bitch!!!
     
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    Have no advice for your table im afraid but just wanted to say its great to see you on again...loves ya loads....xxxx ;) :D
     
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    Hi!!!!! been a busy bunny me!!!
     
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    Ooh no good being busy...we miss you on here....xxxx ;) :D :001_tt2:
     
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    Cheers red, I'll have a look!! do you think I could just wipe it as normal day to day then treat it every now and then? (I'm such a girl sometimes)!
     
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    Yeah, that'll work, DON'T Soak it though, even oak as a tendency to expand and contract due to the humidity, and stuff, and damp cloth will do the best job.. and Thin layers of that stuff applied with a sponge will seal it. Apply a layer, let it dry completely, sand it lightly, and apply another coat.. the more THIN layers you add, the better it will be.. its a long drawn out process, but well worth the effort! Don't apply by the bucket load though, the secret is THIN layers and build it up slowly!
     
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    ah, you are so wise!!!!!:001_tt2::D
     
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