Furniture Cleaner

General Finishes Furniture Cleaner is a heavy-duty mineral spirits-based cleaner designed for deep cleaning a fully cured finish. It's gentle enough to use on fine antiques and tough enough to remove excess wax, grease and oil from kitchen cabinets, millwork and hardwood floors. 

Use as a maintenance product on surfaces with tough build-up as an alternative to cleaners with harsh chemicals and contaminants. It is not intended for use as a preparation cleaner for existing finishes prior to a recoat.


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How To Apply General Finishes Furniture Cleaner

General Finishes Furniture Cleaner Application Steps
Clean using a soft cloth, Scotch Brite pad or '0000' steel wool. Scrub the surface and then remove the excess Furniture Cleaner with a clean cloth.

DO NOT clean finishes until they have completely cured.

Cure Time Guidelines
Water-based finishes cure in 21 days. 
Oil-based finishes cure in 30 days.

Storage of Furniture Cleaner

Life of Product
Maintenance products are best used within 1 year of the manufacture date listed on the bottom of the can. The following best practice will increase the life of your product:

Store in moderate temperatures. Avoid temperatures above 80*F/26*C. Heat-damaged product cannot be revitalized. Temperature-controlled spaces, such as a basement, are ideal for storage. Do not store product in an attic, garage, in direct sunlight, or near appliances that cast heat or flames.

Cleanup of Mineral Spirits

Application materials, such as brushes and towels, containing oil-based products may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Immediately place all application materials soaked with this product in a sealed, water-filled metal container. Dispose of in accordance with local fire regulations. 

Clean up with an absorbent pad and wash the surface with detergent and water.

Protect your workspace with a tarp, your hands with gloves, and your clothes with an apron.

Warnings and Warranties

Limited Warranty
General Finishes products must be tested to your complete satisfaction before using, including compatibility with other manufacturers products. General Finishes will be responsible only for the cost of our products and will not be responsible for any costs such as labor, damage, or replacement costs.

Contamination and Compatibility
Our finishes are engineered as a system and are compatible with each other. General Finishes cannot guarantee an ideal refinish when applying our products on top of or combined with another company's products or over surfaces that have been in contact with waxes, polishes or sprays containing contaminants such as silicone. Test for adherence and aesthetics before beginning. 

Danger: Contents are COMBUSTIBLE. Keep away from heat and open flame. Application materials or other waste soaked with this product may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Immediately after use, place rags, steel wool or waste in a sealed, water-filled, metal container. Dispose of in accordance with local fire regulations.

CAUTION: Contains ALIPHATIC HYDROCARBONS. VAPOR HARMFUL. Use only with adequate ventilation. DELAYED EFFECTS FROM LONG-TERM OVEREXPOSURE. Contains solvents which can cause permanent brain and nervous system damage. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating & inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal.

If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log onto

Do not swallow; first aid: drink water to dilute product. May cause eye and skin irritation; first aid: flush eyes thoroughly with water.

FIRST AID: In case of eye contact, flush thoroughly with large amounts of water for 15 minutes and get medical attention. For skin contact, wash thoroughly with soap and water. In case of respiratory difficulty, provide fresh air and call physician. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately. 

This product contains a chemical known to the State Of California to cause cancer and birth defects. Do not swallow; first aid: drink water to dilute product. May cause eye or skin irritation; first aid: flush eyes thoroughly with water.


Basic Features
Product Colors Clear
Base Type Oil
Interior or Exterior Interior/Exterior
Type Cleaner
Application Method Wipe On with Clean Rag
Sprayable No
Can Sizes 16 oz. bottles
Technical Data
VOC <775 g/L


Furniture Cleaner FAQs

How do I remove the smell of tobacco from furniture before refinishing?

We recommend the following technique:

  1. Spray your project inside and out with Ozium Sanitizer.
  2. Place a box or bowl of charcoal briquettes inside your project.
  3. Cover your entire project with plastic and let it sit for 24 hours.
  4. Clean your project with a Scotch Brite pad and a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and water. 
  5. Sand the surface with a 150 or 180 grit sanding pad. We recommend Softback Sanding Sponges.
  6. If there is still lingering odor, a coat of shellac may help.


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How should I clean my finished project?

After your finish has cured, the best way to clean is with a water-damp rag. If your surface requires deep cleaning due to grease or grime build-up, add a speck of detergent or a bit of vinegar to your damp rag.

If need deeper cleaning, use General Finishes Orange Oil Polish.

Avoid using oil-soap or silicone-based daily cleaners or dusting sprays These products and the chemicals in other cleaners can contaminate your finish, preventing adhesion of future finishes. 

NOTE: Do not clean furniture until the finish has cured completely. 

Cure Time Guidelines: 

  • Water Based Finishes: 21 days
  • Oil Based Finishes: 30 days 


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What is the cure time after applying a finish to furniture or cabinets?

Cure time is the amount of time needed for the finish on a piece to reach maximum hardness and be ready for normal use. This is different than "dry time." 

Water based finishes cure faster than oil based finishes, approximately 21 days vs 30 days under ideal conditions (70 degrees and 70% humidity). During the curing stage, treat your project with special care. Avoid placing heavy objects on it. Always avoid the use furniture polishes, dusting sprays or oil soaps as they may contaminate the finish for future recoating. Use a water dampened cloth for regular cleaning. Wipe up spills in a timely manner.

WATER SPILLS AND DAILY USE: Clean water spills up as they occur during regular use and protect from heat. Although General Finishes products are water resistant, they are not impervious to water. Surfaces will not be damaged by spilled water so long as it is cleaned up promptly. Use coasters to protect your wood from standing water and pot holders to protect from heat.


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What is the difference between dry time and cure time?

Dry time is the recommended length of time between coats of product, often called recoat time,  and cure time is the length of time recommended before subjecting your finished project to daily use.

The following factors can influence your dry time.

Temperature and Humidity

All of General Finishes dry and cure time recommendations are subject to the conditions of the room in which you are refinishing and storing your piece. Ideal conditions are 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) and 70% humidity. Cooler temperatures and high humidity levels can prolong dry time any from 8-10 hours.

Applying oil and water based products to the same project

When applying an oil based product over a water based product and vice versa, dry time increases. Its extremely important to be sure your first application of finish has completely dried before applying the next layer. When switching from an oil based product to a water based finishes wait 72 hours to apply your next coat of product. When switching from a water based product to an oil based product wait 24 hours.

Your starting surface

Applying product to a raw wood surface will result in a shorter dry time. When applying over an existing finish, dry time increases.

Method of Application

Painting your finish on will require a  longer dry time. If you are appying and then wiping off, or spraying, dry time is less.

Before adding additional coats of product, the following DRY times should be honored:

The following are average CURE times based on recommended temperature and humidty:

  • 21 days for water based products
  • 30 days for oil based products
  • You can use a piece lightly after about 7 days but be cautious - the finish will still be curing for another 2 or 3 weeks.

Some of General Finishes wait times might seem a bit generous but we need to account for all  variables beyond our control. You can test your surface for dryness ahead of schedule by knowing what to look for. There are two ways to tell is an oil based product is dry. If it is no longer tacky and it doesnt smell, it is dry. You can tell if a water based product is dry by touching it. If its cool to the touch, its not dry. If you can sand a water based topcoat to a powder, its dry.  

Note - EnduroVar should never be used in conjunction with oil based products.


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Which is better as a sealer? Topcoat or wax?

It depends on whether you are looking for aesthetics or durability. Topcoat will provide greater durability and protection than wax finishes over time. While wax finishes are lovely, they typically show wear (fingerprints) and require semi-annual to annual maintenance.

Furthermore, nothing adheres well to wax, which can impact future finish changes. Even though there is internet chatter about removing wax with 3rd party products or mineral spirits, the risk of a failure in re-coating over a wax finish is very high and sometimes impossible. If you love a wax finish, try General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax. If you want the look and feel of wax with more durability, use our Flat Out Flat Topcoat. For even more protection, use High Performance Topcoat.


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Will a steam mop damage Pro Image or Pro Shield finish?

A steam mop won't damage the finish film but it will force moisture into the wood between the boards or into any open scratched areas on the surface of the board. This could cause a delamination of the finish from the wood or damage to the wood itself. We recommend a commerical floor cleaner such as Bona floor cleaning system.

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