The textures, the colors, the natural beauty that makes it a perfect choice for home furnishings. In fact, there's a renewed appreciation for wood as a natural resource and as a result, more and more people want to restore rather than discard their used but still serviceable furniture.
Before starting the process, let me point out a couple of housekeeping items that you'll want to keep in mind. There are some companies that provide the best wood furniture rehabilitation.
First, it's best to put a square of plastic or tarp underneath the piece of furniture that you'll be working on. Additionally, the room should be well ventilated and for obvious reasons, you shouldn't be wearing your best clothes.
You'll also want to be working in an area with good light. In front of a window is ideal during the daytime because then you'll have an oblique source of light off the surface that you are refinishing.
The two main tools use during the cleaning process are a citrus-based solvent and the slightly abrasive Scotch-Brite domestic cleaning pad. The key ingredient in the citrus-based solvent is delemonine; a compound made from the skins of oranges and lemons.
The first step in the process is to spray a light film of solvent over the area to be cleaned. Then use the Scotch-Brite block to rub back and forth with the grain in long strokes. This can be done at quite a leisurely pace since you want to give the solvent time to work.