Definition of mineral spirits

: a petroleum distillate that is used especially as a paint or varnish thinner

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Next, clean layers of grease and dirt off the cabinets using a wood cleaner, trisodium phosphate or mineral spirits. Daniel Bortz, The Seattle Times, "How to give your kitchen a facelift for less? Use paint," 7 Sep. 2018 Clean and smooth the area with mineral spirits on a soft cloth. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix Scratched and Creaky Floorboards," 11 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of mineral spirits

1875, in the meaning defined above

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