If you have inherited a house or taken over the duties of caring for an old estate, you are probably going to find some antique wooden frames that you can use for your own pictures. However, there's a decent chance that these frames might have been stored in the attic or have not been touched in years. In order for you to use them in your home, you are going to need to clean them first. You might worry about accidentally damaging the frame by using too harsh of a cleaner or clean the wrong way and leave scratches. Here is how you can clean an antique picture frame without accidentally causing damage.
1. Get Rid of the Obvious Dirt
In order to properly clean the wooden frame, you are going to need to get a microfiber cleaning cloth, white vinegar, wood oil, and mild dish detergent.
First, you will need to remove any obvious dirt that might be on the frame because it will make it easier for you to clean more thoroughly without having to constantly remove grime infused soap. You can get rid of the excess dirt by gently brushing it away with the microfiber cleaning cloth. Make sure that you don't press too hard on the dirt or the dust because you might force the particles into the frame itself and drag them, causing scratches. Gently brushing off the frame will allow you to get rid of the worst of the dust. If there is dust embedded in any cracks, take a soft toothbrush that you would use for a child's teeth to get rid of it.
2. Dilute the Soap Before Using It
Next, dilute the soap by pouring a bowl full of lukewarm water and putting three to four drops of soap into the bowl. Stir the soap around so that it is relatively evenly distributed. Dip one corner of the microfiber cloth into the solution. Then, apply the water to an unobtrusive part of the wooden frame. Make sure that the frame reacts well by allowing the water and soap solution to dry before moving on. From there, start moving the corner of the cleaning cloth in small circular motions and clean the frame one small section at a time. Break out the soft toothbrush if there are areas that the corner of the cloth is unable to reach.
3. Apply Wood Oil for Protection and Shine
Finally, apply small amounts of wood oil to another corner of the cloth and start rubbing it into the wooden frame. This will allow you to repel some of the dust and dirt and will make the frame look fantastic by giving it a shine.
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