Soap can discolour cane, rush, bamboo and matting. Clean these with a strong
salt water solution instead. Greasy marks can be removed by adding a little ammonia
to the water. Remaining marks can be treated with methylated spirits
polish- fill a container with grated beeswax and top up with turprentine.
Stand for four weeks and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil( optional) stir
to form a thin paste. Apply and polish with a clean soft cloth.
chair seat is being cleaned, both sides should be washed to make it shrink
evenly and remove the sag.
polish: 250ml raw linseed oil with 125ml each of turpentine, vinegar and
methylated spirits mixed well together.
The juice of a ripe tomato removes ink stains from
Leather furniture should be cleaned with two parts
linseed oil and one part vinegar. To brighten leather use the white of an
egg and rub with a soft dry cloth.
Oak furniture is cleaned best by warm beer.
For greasy furniture use a solution of 1 tablespoon
borax and warm water to wash.
White enamel furniture can be cleaned by mixing a
teaspoonful of salt with spirits of turpentine, then rinse of with soapy
Cane needs 1 teaspoonful of salt with a liter of
water or equal quantities of lemon juice and water. Dry well.
Varnished woodwork responds well to a strong tea
Gilt needs to be rubbed with lemon then sponged
with a mixture of 1/2 l water and 5ml bicarb. Dry carefully and shine with a
Drawer can be made to run easily by rubbing the
grooves with soap or floor wax or beeswax.