Murphy's Soap Oil furniture cleaner

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
April 17, 2008 12:55pm CST
I looked on their site,a nd hear all the commercials, but when all is said and done, the absolute best place to find out if something does what it says it does or what you need it to do is to ask the experts yourself.....so..... I ask MyLotters.....Anyone used this stuff? how does it clean? Does it strip colors or wood grain or just exactly what was your experience with it? I am wanting to "clean" some 28 year old formal dinning room table and chairs. The table top is perfect and shiney and on the dark side, so I can't do anything to change it or I'd strip it al down and paint it white! But the table legs and chairs are the same dark browh, wood etching on the back of the chairs of a vine design. But through the years of being used nad being stored, the "shine" of the chair has long been gone, they are dark brown and then stained and rubbed off for a wood grain look or to "antique" the etchings. It is probably a comtempory style (at least back then) rather simple in a formal kind of way. When I tried to wipe off the backs of the chairs with soapy water it just made them darker. I want to clean them up and found a great place to reupholster the seats for about $100 for all four and start using the table set again. I have a 8 yo Grand daughter obsessed with doing hand crafts (okay, I admit, I am the culprit that feed her addiction!) and we need more space to work! So if you have used this cleaning oil OR...if you have used something else that worked really well, PLEASE tell me what you used and how it turned out OR if you know someone that used something and they were happy with the outcome! Thanks so much!
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
Well I use it regularly and I like the result. THere really is no build up like with some other products and it does restore the shine, at least with me it does. I'm not sure how it will work if you use that table for crafts, I suppose it depends on what kind of crafts. If you are going to be using paint or stuff like that, I don't know although I used murphy's oil on my daughter's desk that had some marker stains and the results wasn't too bad. Overall I prefer Murphy's oil to other products in the marked and that's why I usually have it home. But if there is any better one I don't know. Normally I clean all my wood furniture with just water with a bit of vinegar. That works perfectly alright, and then every once in a while I will use Murphy's oil. Actually I use the same water and vinegar to clean my wood floors as well.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
Geesh, I guess I need to go to sleep, sorry for all the typos:)
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
20 Apr 08
Well it was Kaput! I tried the Murphys and it striped the color (I assume stain) from the wood on the top part of the back of the chair! THe middle of the back, it did shine it, but still didn't take this black stuff, that I assume is dirt, off. Or maybe it is the stain just has relocated and that is what was taken off. Not surprised ...things don't work for me like they do others, but from what I see in this chair - Anyone want a free dining room table set - in need of some refinishing to the chairs? Thanks tho for everyone's suggestions and help.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
I"m sorry it didn't work. I am thinking that maybe what you think might be dirt, might be something else and that's why it didn't work. What about re staining the chair to make it a bit more even?
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
I clean houses for a living and pretty much know everything there is to know about cleaners. I use Murphy's oil on all wood that I clean. I use it on cupboards and wood furniture and wood doors. Anything that is made from wood. I only put about 2 capfuls in with a big pail of water and I wring out my cloth really good and then just wipe the wood down like you would if you were dusting. By using Murphy's Oil you are preserving the shine on the wood and not wearing off the finish. But for your chairs you are talking about, it won't help them much anymore since most of the finish is already gone on it. Your best bet is to sand off what is on and refinish them and then to keep them shiny, use Murpy's oil when dusting them.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I think that is exactly where my problem is. It'll be more trouble than it is worth to refinish them, so I'll just find someone that is looking for that tast! THe table is still nice so I will look for some chairs that could match it good enough. IF not, don't know what I'll do. No point to paying for another how many years to store it! Just thought it odd that I also have a bedroom furniture just as old and it still looks really good. I did polishing at least once, sometimes twice a week for the last 28 years and it doesnt have this build up. Oh well, I gave it the best years of my life, so time to move on.. THanks for your suggestions tho. I will be using the Murphys on bedroom furniture.
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I don't really like the smell all that much but I do love how it cleans. It makes my wood shiny and like it was waxed. Just don't use too much or it will make your floor sticky!!
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