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    Question How to clean & restore gumwood trim/moulding/mantle

    My 116 year old house has gumwood trim around doors and windows and crown moulding in every room. The fireplace also has gumwood trim and a mantle. The trim around the fireplace and the mantle is dirty and dull. I would like to know the best way to clean it and make it look less dull. Sheila

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    Default Re: How to clean & restore gumwood trim/moulding/mantle

    What is gumwood?
    how is it finished? paint, varnish, shellac, oiled, raw, etc.
    A good cleaning appropriate for the finish would be the first place to start.

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    Default Re: How to clean & restore gumwood trim/moulding/mantle

    Assuming that the woodwork has a stain and varnish finish, I would try either lemon oil or Scott's Liquid ****. They will remove any oily like accumulation and leave a nice patina.

    If the woodwork has a heavy accumulation of household dirt, you might try washing the woodwork first with a mild solution of Dirtex or Soilax first, followed by the lemon oil or Liquid ****. It is never a good idea to leave a heavy water accumulation on woodwork. Immediately wipe the woodwork dry after washing.

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    Default Re: How to clean & restore gumwood trim/moulding/mantle

    ED21,

    Gumwood was used commonly in the earlier part of the last century. It is relatively soft and milled easily. It had a rather plain, tight graining. It was more commonly used for painted woodwork, somewhat like basswood or poplar.

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