cleaning rosewood/camphor chest?

I have a hand carved chest from Okinawa. The carving is so intricate it makes it hard to clean. Usually I just dust it but it looks dirty. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I have looked at every website but none of the chest are as detailed as mine. I dont want to ruin it.

Cleaning something like this is going to be difficult no matter what you use but first you should try and discover how it was finished. You would not want to use anything that would dissolve the finish.

Perhaps the safest thing would be to use a vacuum cleaner with a dust brush attachment. You can get micro vacuum attachments and brushes for the fine detail if necessary. Sometimes a vacuum does not work as well as compressed air and this would be another possibility if you know anyone with an air compressor and a blower attachment.

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