This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Model CookBook" book
Wash the surface with stale beer or vinegar; the stains may then be removed by rubbing them with a rag dipped in spirits of salts. To re-polish, proceed as you would do with new work. If the work be not stained, wash the surface with clean spirits of turpentine, and repolish it with furniture oil.
To Clean Paint, smear it over with whiting mixed to the consistency of common paste in warm water. Rub the surface to be cleaned briskly, and wash off with pure, cold water. Grease spots will in this way be almost instantly removed, as well as other filth, and the paint will retain its brilliancy and beauty unimpaired.