Best product to clean 150-year-old wooden chest of drawers?

Donna keller
by Donna keller
Need to clean the wood. I have no idea. I do know anything with wax is bad..HELP!
  6 answers
  • BoL furnitures BoL furnitures on Sep 17, 2014
    In the uk we have a product called sugar soap, it gets all grime, build up of furniture polish and other stuff off the furniture, before restoring any that I work with I give it a good clean with this....maybe you can find something similar ?
  • Julie Crozier Julie Crozier on Sep 17, 2014
    Howard's Clean A Finish - great wood cleaner. Also Restor-A-Finish, if you need to remove scratches.
  • Julie points out a great product but I have to add that you need Howard's feed n wax too. this is the best stuff in the world. I use it on my 100 year old antiques!. good lucik
  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Sep 18, 2014
    Howard's was recommended to me by an antique appraiser as well. I've used Murphy's Oil Soap for years on old wood, as well as my folks.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Sep 18, 2014
    A damp rag...not a wet one...will not hurt wood. I would wipe it down thoroughly with a damp cloth, looking for any spots that need attention (spills). Then if needed, dry it off. Then I would wipe out the inside first with soap and water, and then with Clorox, again with a damp cloth...use a mask. Let it dry and then use some sort of professional cleaner on it. I do not restore furniture, but I have reclaimed some pieces that were VERY dirty and smelly!
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Sep 18, 2014
    The piece may have years of accumulated wax, oils, etc. Find the most inconspicuous spot you can, and try some mineral spirits to cut through the accumulation. If it works well, then you can apply an oil product to restore sheen..