Wood Finishing Tips: How to Renew a Finish: Mineral Spirits does an excellent job of cleaning the old gunk (dirt, years of store bought polish etc without harming or removing the stain finish) off of wood for me. I've also read where vinegar and water will work, but haven't tried that yet. This site goes on to explain how to put a new shine on old furniture.
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Find a garage sale piece that needs a little sprucing up? Have old furniture that could use a face lift. Learn how to refinish furniture faster and easier by avoiding stripping. A seasoned pro tells you how to clean, repair and restore old worn finishes without messy chemical strippers.
Wood Finishing Tips: How to Renew a Finish - Traditional paste wax is still the best way to renew and enhance natural wood finishes, and it will hold up better than liquid furniture polish. All you need for application is an old t-shirt and plenty of elbow grease.
Good to remember! Flat paint: use for walls in living rooms, bedrooms, ceilings, or furniture Eggshell: use for walls in hallways, dining rooms, kitchens Satin: use for walls in bathrooms, or furniture Semi-gloss: use for windows, trim, doors, and cabinetry.