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  • Mon, Sep 26 2011 9:28 AM

    Good Cleaner for Knotty Pine?

    OK this house smelled awful when we bought it, and walls and floors were hard to clean enough to removall smell so I have painted everything I could after a thorough cleansing. Now the kitchen: there is knotty pine wood (not panelling! real wood planks with wide grooves) on the walls. I cannot get them to feel clean. I thought about painting them over white, but there seems to be some sort of covering, like polyurethane over the wood and I have Kilz Latex to use on walls and ceiling and Im not sure the paint would adhere.

    I need ideas for something strong to use on the griminess of the wood without damaging....and ideas what to do as far as a wallcovering. they are pretty, so I could either leave them or paint them it doesnt matter.

    Michelle in Northern Michigan

    "Those who would surrender liberty for security deserve neither" - Ben Franklin

  • Mon, Sep 26 2011 9:38 AM In reply to

    • Karen K
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    Re: Good Cleaner for Knotty Pine?

    A product we use to clean and revitalize furniture is Restor-A-Finish   http://www.howardproducts.com/restora.htm   

    Karen K

    http://www.sugarcreekwoodworking.com
    http://www.asimplepinebox.com
  • Mon, Sep 26 2011 10:47 AM In reply to

    Re: Good Cleaner for Knotty Pine?

    You might try a bucket of hot water with Murphy's Oil Soap, then wipe with lemon oil.  Or you could try the lemon oil alone and see if that takes the goop off - I don't have knotty pine but I use lemon oil to clean my piano. 

    Just a note, knotty pine is VERY expensive, so think long and hard before taking it down or painting over it.  I know my neighbor has it in their living room and it actually kicked their insurance rate up a notch when the agent saw they had it due to its replacement value...Liz.

  • Mon, Sep 26 2011 12:29 PM In reply to

    Re: Good Cleaner for Knotty Pine?

    Wow I didnt realize that.

    I tried the Murphy's oil soap treatment to no avail. Thi is years and years worth of gunk. Haven't tried lemon oil over it.

    I'll check into that Restor-A-Finish. i need grease cutting I think, that's not damaging.

    Michelle in Northern Michigan

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  • Mon, Sep 26 2011 4:55 PM In reply to

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    Re: Good Cleaner for Knotty Pine?

    Murphy's Oil will destroy and take the finish off.   But you have all the gunk and grime from years of use so maybe that's an alternative.  Take the existing finish off and reapply new finish??   It would be a long tedious chore but you may be more satisfied with the end result. 

    Karen K

    http://www.sugarcreekwoodworking.com
    http://www.asimplepinebox.com
  • Mon, Sep 26 2011 5:02 PM In reply to

    Re: Good Cleaner for Knotty Pine?

    Is restorAFinish like bruce's for wood floors? I have Bruice's Rich n Dark stain and wax that I used on wood floors before. It looks like the RestorAFinish can be used to redo antique furniture? I have an antique buffet and china cabinet that was stored for years in a barn and was given to me. I'd like to refinish it. Karen, what would you suggest for that?

    Michelle in Northern Michigan

    "Those who would surrender liberty for security deserve neither" - Ben Franklin

  • Mon, Sep 26 2011 5:08 PM In reply to

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    Just looked at your family website...oMG! Dh wants to trailer the buffet, cabinet, and a dinining table and chairs (same barn) to MN for you to refinish LOL...........beautiful work!

    Michelle in Northern Michigan

    "Those who would surrender liberty for security deserve neither" - Ben Franklin

  • Mon, Sep 26 2011 5:50 PM In reply to

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    Re: Good Cleaner for Knotty Pine?

    I've never used Bruce's before but looking at their website it would seem like more of a covering up kind of product, kinda reminds me of Mop-N-Glo that you can buy for vinyl floors. 

    If you don't want to do a total restoration by stripping and refinishing the buffet & cabinet, Restor-A-Finish works well for pieces of furniture that have damaged and missing finish as well as helping to cover up nicks and dents.  It comes in many different colors and you should be able to find a hue that matches the existing color(s) of your furniture. It is excellent for cleaning dirty furniture.  Like all wood pieces, the furniture will need to be touched up now and again.  It is an oil based product and kinda smells like lemon furniture polish.  As with other oil based products, do not leave used rags in a pile in the corner.  This is a flamable product.

    But now, back to your pine ...  if you have years and years of gunk to clean off first, I wonder if a citrus based cleaner and some elbow grease would cut through the grime?

    Karen K

    http://www.sugarcreekwoodworking.com
    http://www.asimplepinebox.com
  • Mon, Sep 26 2011 5:51 PM In reply to

    • babs
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    Re: Good Cleaner for Knotty Pine?

    My Mom's old house had notty pine, Built in 1953, She had kitchen, living room and a long hall. Dont paint it!, Babs

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  • Mon, Sep 26 2011 5:53 PM In reply to

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    Re: Good Cleaner for Knotty Pine?

    Cinnamonhuskies:

    Just looked at your family website...oMG! Dh wants to trailer the buffet, cabinet, and a dinining table and chairs (same barn) to MN for you to refinish LOL...........beautiful work!

    Thank you for your kind words!  We love what we do.  btw, I agree with babs!  Don't paint it!

    Karen K

    http://www.sugarcreekwoodworking.com
    http://www.asimplepinebox.com
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