Does anyone have any opinions/experience on the care of sprayed woodwork you would like to share? We are currently using Valspar CV. We have recently switched from SW on account that according to the finisher, it sands better when using it as a sealer. We previously used a vinyl sanding sealer with the SW CV, thus the switch. I have been advised to simply use a solution of Murphy's Oil soap applied with a damp - never wet, rag/towel. Do any of you know of a commercial or home cooked process/product that would actually preserve the finish?
From contributor D:
I’ve been advised to wash cabinetry with a lightly damp sponge and liquid dish soap, followed by a clean, lightly damp sponge and then dry it with a clean soft cloth.
For general care and maintenance of all Valspar Finishes, the following procedure is recommended:
Clean with warm water using a clean cotton towel or rag. To obtain the longest life possible with Valspar coatings, use of soaps, cleaners, solvents, waxes, ammonia, and other household chemicals should be avoided. Refrain from using paper products to clean wood finishes.
The more alkaline in the soap, the harsher it is if you are going to use it to clean coated surfaces. The only pH neutral soap recommended by hospitals and birthing centers is Dove bar soap. So that tells you something about all the others including Ivory.
Regarding Murphy's, it is nothing other than potash soap, the same as Wool Wax. It is good however, for use as a rubbing lubricant (wet sanding and steel-wooling operations). Also, Murphy's contains no waxes or silicone oils. I cut it ten parts water to one part Murphy's.
Furniture polish makes a great rubbing lubricant as well.
The reason that Windex and ammonia are bad for finishes has to do with their alkalinity.
Strong acids are corrosive and strong alkalines are destructive. Either way, the finish loses. Try to keep those pH's neutral. And minimize the contact that these materials have with coated surfaces. That means use them infrequently, only when needed, and use them/dry them quickly with fresh water in the form of a dampened cloth.
Endust is fine also. As an emulsified furniture polish, it cleans both grime and grease. It contains soaps and it contains solvents. It contains no wax or silicone oils. My favorite polish is Weiman's because they seem to use a blend of solvents which evaporate more quickly than all the other polishes I have used.