It needed a little TLC, though, before it was really set to go. Although it's in miraculously good shape for being used on a near-daily basis for a few decades, there was a lot of grime built up on the arms, and it just needed a general good scrubbing. I'm no expert on wood care, though, so thought I would share the info I learned along the way to putting this chair back in tip-top shape.
this one), I decided on this method because a) the materials were cheap (less than $15), b) I knew we could use these products again because JP's gotten really into woodworking lately and c) this method offers the deep clean I was hoping would combat the years of use this chair has going for it. Like I said, it's not in horrible shape, just needed some deep cleaning.
You can see in the picture above that the wood did soak up a bit of the cleaning solution, which is inevitable, but you don't want to oversaturate the furniture. Wipe up any drips, and use plenty of elbow grease to get into the crevices. This part of the cleaning process took me about 2 hours, which I had to break up because hello, my arms get tired.
tung oil, rubber gloves, and clean rag. This doesn't clean the wood, but gives it a nice shine and lubricates it just a bit. It took about one hour to get the whole chair done, and I let it dry in the garage overnight before bringing it back inside.