Asked on Oct 5, 2017

How do I clean an old soda crate?

GinnyJuliFlipturn
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I recently purchased some old wooden soda crates that I plan to turn into end tables. However I want to clean them up a bit first but still keep the original look. How can I clean these up without ruining the original finish? I am mainly just looking to remove the surface dirt. Tried a toothbrush but that didn't do much.
q how do i clean an old soda crate
q how do i clean an old soda crate
8 answers
  • Darryl J. Gary
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Sand light power wash soft let dry seal

  • Flipturn
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Keep in mind that these crates were not made to be used as indoor furniture, so totally transforming them will not be easy. How do you plan to ensure that the end tables are level?

    • Web15465597
      on Oct 5, 2017

      I'm not going to totally transform them. They are actually going to be more of an accent piece. I still want to clean them before I do this though.

  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Start by filling in the cracked wood with wood glue, let dry completely. Next, use Murphy's oil soap, and it will give a nice shine to the wood, not too bright. Also sand the edges lightly with a low grade sandpaper. That should look real nice. EJL.

  • Irvin Ozzie Osborne
    on Oct 5, 2017

    you may ruin the value and the value and the eye and antique appeal. work around the problem without changing you can seal them wth a spray varnish and then use a heavier finish.

  • Wendy Terrill
    on Oct 5, 2017

    I have used orange cleaner and a soft cloth on mine. Good luck with your project.

  • Flipturn
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Yes, it is important to clean them before using them as furniture.
    As they have been used on the ground, you don't know what sort of organic matter or critters might still be harbouring in the fibres, or what sort of odor they might give off once they are in the warmth of an indoor space.

    'Sounds like you are taking a reasonable approach. Enjoy the project.

  • Juli
    on Oct 6, 2017

    I saw where someone used oxyclean to clean their deck. It looked really nice afterward. You might try finding it on the internet, and check it out. I don't know if it would cause any damage to the print on the crates. You might be able to call the manufacturer and ask them, or just try on a small area.

  • Ginny
    on Oct 6, 2017

    I would use a light solution of Dawn or other dish washing detergent in warm water using a soft brush, then put the crates in the sun the dry for a day or so.

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