I have come across some cigar boxes in a shed that I am trying to figure out how to clean them up. They are pretty dirty but structurally sound and have some cool graphics on them. They are dirty and…Continue
"I sit and stare at my dirty, vintage boxes before I do anything to them, then I approach them with the least invasive technique that I think might work and go from there until I'm happy.
I have a couple of vintage solid wood Muriel Babies boxes…"
" I had success using those eye glass cleaning wipes that come in the little foil packaging.
The ones I have, have so little Alcohol in them it didn't damage the paper.
I was actually able to remove some Hide Glue that stuck to the…"
"Removing the loose stuff with a brush is a good idea.
I also had success cleaning a bunch of stuff with some Windex and paper towels. It doesn't do too much damage to paper if you don't put too much (I clean the outside of used books with…"
"You may want to avoid the urge to "over restore" or "over renew" your boxes.
There is likely a lot of hard earned character in the boxes. Most of us work hard to make our shiny, new looking boxes look more road-worn and gritty.
"I have one that came from my mom's uncle that was stored in a house that had a leaking stove pipe. The thing was definitely charcoal covered. I had to use a magic eraser to clean it up.
Now it looks better but not new."
I have come across some cigar boxes in a shed that I am trying to figure out how to clean them up. They are pretty dirty but structurally sound and have some cool graphics on them. They are dirty and faded a little from the dirt.Any advice on cleaning them up or websites that talk about the ability to clean them up?See More
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