Spring Cleaning Your Vintage Furniture with Mineral Oil

by Keith Lobo

As the weather finally warms up after a cold winter that never seemed to want to end, you may be thinking about sprucing up your home – inside and out. Before heading outside to tend to a neglected garden, giving everything in your home a good clean and polish may be on your to-do list. Unfortunately, many cleaning and polishing products contain harmful chemicals.  Of course there are a number of ‘green’ products on the market, but when it comes to giving your wooden vintage furniture a face lift, you may not know what to use.  A great and easily accessible alternative to traditional furniture polish, is mineral oil.  It can be found in drug stores, is scent free and can turn almost any piece of dull and scuffed wooden furniture into a piece that looks almost brand new. Simply clean your furniture from residue and dust with a damp microfiber cloth, and then with a soft rag, apply a thin coat of mineral oil, following the grain of the wood, wipe off any excess, and your vintage furniture will be given new life.


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