Thanks for joining me for today’s Quick-Tip-Tuesday. Keeping with last weeks drawer theme, I’m going to share how to remove stains from the INSIDE of drawers. And you can thank me later… because if you’re re-claiming and up-cycling furniture, I KNOW you’ve come across some nasty stuff! 😉
Here are the steps I take ~
1. Vacuum the inside of the drawers to suck up all the dust and dirt.
2. Clean with an all natural mixture of water and vinegar. (Often, this will do the trick while helping to eliminate odors)
If the drawer still has stubborn stains like the one below ~
3. I use Trisodium Phosphate (aka TSP) mixed to the manufacturers specifications. If you’re a painter, you probably have TSP to clean grime off the OUTSIDE of your projects… but it works great in drawers too!
[box] Note – The key to cleaning and removing stains from the inside of a drawer is to use a dampened cloth… NOT WET. Squeeze to remove all moisture! Often the inside of drawers are unfinished wood so saturation can lead to warping or discoloration. [/box]
4. I dip my sponge (you can use a cloth/rag) into the TSP mixture, ring out the excess and wipe down the stains. Wear gloves! Rinse and repeat until the stain(s) have disappeared.
5. I use a clean sponge/rag dampened with clean water and wipe down the inside of the drawer to remove any TSP residue. Rinse and repeat.
If the drawer stain is still visible, my last resort ~
6. Sand it out!
Okay… I guess this Quick-Tip-Tuesday wasn’t quick… lol… but the above steps will ensure your drawers are sparkling clean and “good-as-new” when selling your furniture or using the piece in your own home!
Do you have any tips or tricks for cleaning the inside of drawers? Care to share? Do you prefer to Paint the Inside of Drawers or leave them natural? Leave a comment below and spread the wisdom!
If you missed last weeks Q-T-T you can find it here.