A brown soap finish was common on table tops and floors as well. It gives a beautiful scrubbed look and is pretty easy to keep. Just wet down a cloth with a little soap and wipe off the surface. In Denmark and Sweden, the soap is a bag of brown shavings that are mixed with water. I use Murphy's Oil Soap to the same good effect.

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On a Plank Table


and after!




close up of table top


Before and After on a Bed

Before restoration


and after!

and a kitchen table with a soaped top....

Here is a table with no finish shown with an oil soap sample...

and a comparison between oil soap and clear wax...oil soap is the top sample....


a cabinet with oil soap