Good Morning All,
Yesterday morning I was out & about when I drove past a pile of
“trash” in front of someone’s yard in my neighborhood.
In the trash pile was a six board box measuring about 3′ wide,
16″ deep and 14″ high. Needless to say – I took about 3 seconds
to decide to stop and load this thing into my pick-up truck.
It is in pretty rough shape. What you may not be able to see in the
– Bad water stains on the lid.
– Nasty mold inside the box
– Some sort of plasti-fabric liner.
Several questions I have on cleaning and restoring this little gem.
Can the water stains be removed without sanding thru the patina?
Or should the stains be left as a “feature”?
How to kill the mold? Watered down bleach solution? TSP?
How to remove plasti-fabric? Diluted fabric softener? Acetone?
How to best clean while preserving the patina?
This is not a fine / high value antique. So I can afford to do
whatever it takes to clean this up.
My wife & I are allergic to mold. Getting rid of the mold is a
priority above all else. If I can’t preserve patina while getting
rid of mold – so be it. Once cleaned I can use milk paint to
dress it up – but would prefer to keep it natural if possible.
What are your thoughts on best approach to clean & preserve?
PS – Sorry about the size of the photos! I can’t remember how to
make them smaller for easy viewing!
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