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Thread: How do you clean a treadle machine oak cabinet

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    How do you clean a treadle machine oak cabinet

    Can anyone out there help me with cleaning an old oak cabinet for a treadle sewing machine?

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    Does it just need to be cleaned? If so, Murphy's Oil Soap will clean it...followed by a coat of good furniture wax.
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    It is so dirty I am not quite sure yet but will try this first!! Thank you

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    Glenn has a tutorial somewhere here and there is a really good book called 'The Furniture Doctor' by George Grotz.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    with out knowing what you call dirty.

    I have had to wash them just like a car, scrub brush soap and water .

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    May I suggest that you post photos...one including entire cabinet and a couple showing the areas that you are concerned most about. I have just done a machine and cabinet that is 123 years old and learned a lot along the way. Glenn's information is great. I'm not sure that I would have attempted it without his instructions. I still have a lot to do before I reassemble my machine but will post photos when it is done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Carol View Post
    Can anyone out there help me with cleaning an old oak cabinet for a treadle sewing machine?

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    Glenn is in Indianapolis - go ahead and post some pics and he can tell you what to do when he gets home in a day or two.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I havn't figured out how to post pictures yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Glenn has a tutorial somewhere here and there is a really good book called 'The Furniture Doctor' by George Grotz.
    Is Glenn just Glenn or does he have another name???

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    Yeah he's just Glenn - he is visiting Indianapolis - he will be home in a couple days. I'll tell him to read the QB thoroughly when he gets back. He's been having too much fun up here.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I've used murphy's oil soap and it worked great for me.

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    I used Charlee' method and it worked well for me. Murphy's, then I can't remember some kind of citrus polish and/or wood restorer. I knew I didn't want to "refinish", just bring some life back to the old wood. Then I used stove polish on the treadle and I am very pleased with that look. I cleaned it first, and there was no rust. I didn't bother with the gold lettering.

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    You should try some oil used for specially cleaning the treadle oak cabinet like Murphy's oil. Hope it helps you .

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