When we picked up our new desk, it looked a little something like this:
To be honest, I'm not sure what that was. At first, I thought it was dust. Then, I thought someone had splattered it with paint. Whatever it was, it was unsightly. But I loved the rest of the desk and figured we could refinish the top down the line, if we needed to. When we got it home and all set up, the boyfriend suggested we try to scrub it with some Murphy Oil Soap...
...which is my new favourite cleaner EVER because all of those marks DISAPPEARED!
All it took was some Murphy's, a nonabrasive scrubby sponge, and a little elbow grease. I'm not saying that it will work for everyone but I couldn't keep this trick to myself! Murphy, my new best friend.
P.S. Sorry for the wonky nighttime lighting. I needed a shot of the top of the desk and couldn't possibly wait until morning to set it up. You understand.