I'd like to start out by saying that I'm in no way being compensated for this post. I'm simply sharing a product that I love, with my readers and fellow bloggers.
If you follow my blog regularly or have taken a peek at my Etsy shop from time to time, you know that most of my makeovers involve wood items that I've thrifted such as candlesticks, pedestal bowls, spice racks, knife blocks, napkin holders. If you've made over these kind of items you know that they are usually filthy when you buy them. The kitchen items, which are mostly what I deal with, can be especially grimy, with layers of caked on grease and dust. You know, the kind of gunk that just won't come off with a quick little soapy wash. Not only that, since you're dealing with wood, it's not like you can scrub and scrub with soap and water. I'd like to point out here that I once got adventurous with a particularly nasty spice rack and ran it through the dishwasher. I guess you can imagine how that turned out!
Anyway, I finally found something that gets rids of the grime in minutes. It's called Krud Kutter and it's fabulous! I originally bought a small bottle just to see it worked. After one cleaning, I was hooked! It's just amazing. Not only does it clean that nasty gunk, it also tackles the bazillion price tags the thrift shops like to stick all over everything! One thing it has going for it over other chemical removers is that it has a very low odor.
I've found the best way to use it on my thrifted items is to soak a cotton ball in it and the use that to wipe the piece down. You can use q-tips to get down in any nooks and crannies the piece might have. I have from time to time, had to clean a piece twice, but that's usually it. The stuff evaporates in no time so you can almost start painting immediately after cleaning. That's one thing you can't do after cleaning with water!
I've gotten my Krud Kutter at Lowe's in the past, but I've also seen it at Wal-Mart, back in the paint section. It only costs a few bucks which makes it an even better product in my book!