How do I “freshen” wood trim from 1927 in our heritage home?

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  • Wash it with Murphy's Oil Soap then condition with Old English products. If you have not done it in a while, you will be surprised how dirty they are and how pretty they look when cleaned and reconditioned.

  • Emily Emily on Nov 03, 2018

    after cleaning you could coat it with polyurethane. In 1927 it probably was finished with oil based varnish. But you can put water based poly over that. Cherish your old trim. . . it is probably wider and deeper (baseboards) than most contemporary woodwork.

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 03, 2018

    Are you seeking to clean it up, re-stain, or re-paint?

    Bees wax polish is good for older wood. You can use Murphy's Oil soap to clean it, if it's sealed wood.

  • Beth French Beth French on Nov 03, 2018

    just put a coat of varnish over it ----- It must be beautiful

    • Richard Root Richard Root on Nov 03, 2018

      Our home is wood from that era. Quarter-sawn hardwood (oak) birchwoodbannisterz with walnut stairway and of course all original trim/ entrance way, all inside doors and door ways and all base trim. Beautiful heritage home that none of our children are interested in having😟. Double-wide, double deep lot provides an oasis with mature landscaping. Hard to be leaving not knowing whether the next family has the “love” necessary to appreciate!

  • Lisa Lisa on Nov 03, 2018

    Hi Richard,

    I haven't used it yet, but I've heard good things about Howard Feed-N-Wax. It's a wood polish and conditioner with beeswax and orange oil. There are also some 'salves' out there that only use a little bit to freshen dried out wood furniture. It make take some trial and error on your part to discover what works best for you. Please be sure to come back and let us know what you've used!

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 04, 2018

    I should think that your home's woodwork would attract a number of people with appreciation for the craftsmanship. If you decide to move, insure that the beauty of the woodworking is highlighted via professional camera equipment and photographer. Your home sounds phenomenal!