Wooden accents add a beautiful touch to the room, but they always seem to get dirty, nicked or stained. If your woodwork has an oil finish, your tried-and-true cleaning methods won't ever leave it looking the same.
People have been running into this problem for years though, and some have, luckily, worked out the solution for how to clean and polish this woodwork. First, pour equal parts turpentine and boiled linseed oil (available at hardware or paint stores) in a jar, tighten the lid, and shake until the liquid is blended thoroughly. Then, pour a small amount of the mix onto a soft cloth and rub it into the woodwork along the direction of the wood's grain. The surface will at first look oily, but within an hour the polish will be completely absorbed, leaving a soft, lovely shine.
Adapted from "101 Old-Time Country Household Hints," © 2008 Publications International, Ltd.