I got my wheel a year ago. The previous owner had given her a "bath treatment" before I bought her.
The treadles were getting a bit grimmy. And I thought she could do with a good rub down.
Of course, being me, I did reading & watching. Ordered supplies. And finally did it this morning.
I watched this video:
It is very useful.
I followed it with mods of course, being me.
Schacht recommends Danish oil. And I felt that she could use that. It gives it a slight tougher finish.
So, here's what I did - mostly followed the video except adding the Danish oil.
Barely damp, just to get the dust & grime off
- Murphy's "wash"
I used the Clean & Shine Spray. It is at the dilution needed for cleaning.
- Brasso for metal bits
I think next time, I would do the wash & Brasso in reverse order. So that way it would just wash off if it got on the wood.
- Danish oil
I took a look at http://wooltherapy.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-babies.html who used Danish oil. I followed her instructions. Rub oil in. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Buff. Repeat, but let sit for 15 minutes. Funny part. After doing that, I realized those are the instructions on the Danish oil. *laugh*
- Wood Beams
I am going to let the Danish oil sit for the 8-10 hours recommended on the tin. So either tonight or tomorrow, I will rub her down with some Wood Beams. I have done a lot of reading on the forums. It seems some people swear by only one or the other. But some say they do the Danish oil every 2-3 years. But on a more frequent basis, they use Wood Beams.
I think that is the best plan. Especially with the treadles. My feet aren't perfect. I live in an urban area. So they do get grimy sometimes. Probably doesn't help that I have Mary Jane style shoes. So some dirt is probably getting into them when I am out & about.
I am hoping this helps. I confess that I was spoiled with my Babe. It was really no maintenance. I think I cleaned it once or twice the eight years I have had it. It is PVC for the most part. The treadles are wood, but not finished. So I don't even have a guess what would help them. So I just leave them be.
I am hoping the Wood Beams will really make her glow. A lot of people say that happens with the Danish oil. But I don't really see that. So either she was better off than I thought or I didn't buff enough... Not sure honestly.
I should try to take pics. Though I should have done before & after shots.
BTW, here is the link to Wood Beams: