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Old 03-04-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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Cleaning stained timber stair rails


I have stained and varnished timber stair rails in my house - 20 years old.

I have tried cleaning them with both spray polish and vinegar and water but they still feel 'sticky'

Any suggestions please on something that will take away that sticky feel?

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I would have used several coats of poly instead of varnish.

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I have stained and varnished timber stair rails...
...something that will take away that sticky feel?
A light wipe with mineral spirits or even turpentine should do well.
Be prepared to then (re) coat with a good wax.
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Tarheal uses the same technique as I do---a bowl of mineral spirits and some 4 o (00000 ) steel wool---

After cleaning I often use Minwax wipe on Poly to add some shine and protection---
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I would have used several coats of poly instead of varnish.
Well it may well be poly. I just know its shiny
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