How to clean a MCM buffet?


I am far from a DIYer and really would like to keep this in its original state for lots of sentimental reasons plus I like it! However, it needs a good cleaning and some sort of touch up in areas as can be seen. Overall in Great condition for a home office. Thoughts on how to bring this back to some form of beauty and cleanliness? Thanks!

q how to clean a mcm buffet
q how to clean a mcm buffet
q how to clean a mcm buffet
  15 answers
  • Nan W. Nan W. on Apr 11, 2020

    Jane: this may be a job for Murphy's Oil Soap!

  • Murphy's Oil Soap is a great way to clean wood!

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 11, 2020

    Murphy's Oil Soap should be good for cleaning the wood.

    Then give it a nice polish with furniture wax. I like paste wax for this.

    It's true that refinishing antique furniture destroys much of its value, so avoid that if possible.

    • Jane Jane on Apr 11, 2020

      Is there a paste wax that you would recommend ?

  • Tuana Blevins-Bentley Tuana Blevins-Bentley on Apr 11, 2020

    Use some Murphy’s oil soap. It’s for wood and will give it a shine

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 11, 2020

    Carnaubs wax is what to look for when getting a wax. It is more durable then bees wax.

    Many wood waxes available today come in a variety of colors. It's best to try and closely match the color of the existing finish with the color of the wood. Apply the wax with a clean cotton cloth wrapped around the fingers, much the way one applies a shoe polish to a pair of leather shoes. Work the polish in a circular motion, focusing on working with the grain.

    Since wax never really hardens, multiple coats can be applied without waiting a great deal of time, but the best results are achieved if you allow the current coat to sit for 24 hours before applying an additional coat.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Apr 11, 2020

    Test Murphy's oil soap. I've had it actually ruin a piece. I use Old English polish and cleaner.

  • Michelle Michelle on Apr 11, 2020

    Nothing beats a good cleaning on wood except Bio Green Clean. You can order online through their website or through Amazon. It cleans lots of things. Non toxic too I used it on an antique sewing table that the finish was dirty and gooey. I thought I was going to have to refinish. No it cleaned and shined. No refinishing needed. You can use Howard's bees wax finish to complete

  • Dee Dee on Apr 11, 2020

    Formbys and Howard make great wood cleaners.

    After cleaning I would use some paste wax with a buffer. Briwax is a good brand.

  • on Apr 11, 2020

    I love Restor-a-finish and Feed-n-wax for jobs like this. Easy and effective!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 11, 2020

    Hello This is one of my favorite cleaner polishes. I hope this helps.

  • Janice Janice on Apr 12, 2020

    Your piece appears to be walnut. If that's so, I would dust well with a soft cloth, then use a clean dampened cloth and and lemon oil to go over the entire wood areas. The lemon oil may soak into the wood in the very dry areas. Go over a second time and wait a10-15 minutes and then rub lightly with another clean cloth. Beautiful piece you have!

  • Kate Garrett Kate Garrett on Apr 12, 2020

    Here is how I prefer to show wood some love.

    Step 1, dry dust. Using clean, dry, lint-free cloths, wipe down all over. Consider spraying with canned air (like for computer components, get it form the office supply dept at your local big box) in any hard to reach places

    Step 2, wash with Murphy's Oil Soap. Like most soaps, you need water, don't forget to dilute it! Use lint-free cloths again to apply, to rinse, & start drying. Repeat as needed. Then give it a day or two to let the water finish air drying.

    Step 3, oil condition. I am partial to lemon oil, but you can use orange, walnut, or eucalyptus based wood conditioner just as easily. Apply at least 1 coat with lint-free cloths, let rest 30-60 minutes, & buff off the excess. Like conditioning your hair, you may need multiple treatments over time if it is overdue.

    I usually like to keep wood at this stage, oil conditioning every month or 3 & washing with Murphy's first every 2-4 times I condition

    Optional Step 4, wax paste. This is an opportunity to even out the color & even hide very minor dings & scratches. It can give you luster & vibrancy in the short term.

    But waxing means you polish with wax instead of conditioning oil. Multiple applications of wax over a year or so can leave a tacky built-up that actually attracts more dust. Not my cup of tea. But to each their own

    Good luck with this lovely piece

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 13, 2020

    OrangeGlo is a great wood cleaner. It also nourishes the wood.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Apr 13, 2020

    Just want to say I LOVE THIS PIECE!!!

    • Jane Jane on Apr 13, 2020

      ohhh thank you! it used to have a sliding glass piece that covered the top shelf area .. hopefully when things settle down a bit in the world (at least in NC!) I will be able to get some replacements for that and restore it back to its original beauty. was in my parents home so lots of good memories!