I receive so many messages about cleaning furniture. I decided to share with you how I clean my furniture before I start any repurpose job. 😊 Since I repurpose old pieces, most of my piece are very dirty. I think that’s probably why some people pass them up. But if you don’t mind a little elbow grease, you can transform that dirty piece into a gorgeous piece of furniture!
There are a few steps you can take to make sure it is thoroughly cleaned before you start work. Remove all drawers, doors and hardware. Lay the piece on it’s back (with help if it’s heavy). It’s easier to vacuum and clean if it’s laid on its back. Take a shop vac and give it a very good vacuuming, getting in all the nooks and crannies. If the vacuum hose will not reach into the small areas, switch over to your blower function. This is great at removing dust and grime and cobwebs!
After vacuuming, spray the bottom and inside with cleaner. I use TSP. I also use a car brush to clean my pieces. Give it a good scrubbing. After cleaning the bottom, give the inside a good scrubbing as well. I think a lot of us don’t realize how dirty the inside of a piece of furniture can really get.
Make sure to spray and clean the feet as well. If there are old casters, I remove them and clean around the holes because they can have cob webs and dirt inside them. If the piece has the original casters, you can remove them and soak them in a mixture of vinegar and warm water.
I always prime the inside of my piece if it is antique or has some age. I use the Rust-Oleum tinted primer in gray (you can get here) and give it a light coat. It just gives the overall piece a clean, new feel.
Now you are ready to transform your piece! Happy Repurposing! If you have any questions please use the “Contact” button and email me! I will be happy to help.