If you have polished furniture, you will need to treat and maintain it with wax and polish to remove dirt and grease, protect the wood and bring it to a shine. You can make wood polish and wax for your wood furniture from a few simple, inexpensive supplies, and with equal or better results than many commercial products.
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Things you need
- Small piece of beeswax (melted)
- ½ pint beer
- 1 dessert spoon fine caster sugar
- Soft cloth
- 56.7gr natural beeswax
- Kitchen grater
- Glass jar with a tight fitting lid
- 142gr turpentine
- Large bowl
- ½ cup paraffin
- ½ cup vinegar
Melt the beeswax in a saucepan over medium heat.
Take it off the heat and stir in the ½ pint of beer and caster sugar. Let it cool down and solidify.
Apply it to your furniture using a soft brush and then let it dry. Buff and polish with a very soft cloth.
Combine the paraffin and vinegar, mixing thoroughly.
Soak the soft cloth in the solution. Discard any left over solution
Store the cloth in an airtight jar until you are ready to use it.
Grate the beeswax coarsely with a grater. Place the grated beeswax in a glass jar.
Pour the turpentine into the jar and cover. Fill the bowl with hot water and stand the glass jar in the water until the wax has melted.
Shake the jar well and then set it aside to cool.
Apply your wax to the furniture with a soft cloth. Buff to a shine.
Tips and warnings
- Between waxing and polishing, make sure that you keep your furniture well-dusted. Aside from dulling the beauty of your wood, it may cause little scratches in the wood. Dusting is especially important if you intend to wax and polish it, because the wax would only seal in the dirt.
- If the wood gets clogged with wax, soak a soft cloth in white spirit and wipe the wood. Re-wax the wood lightly.
- Do not use substitute turpentine.
- Don't use too much polish--this only makes it harder to shine, while serving no beneficial purpose.
- Polishing your wood too often will cause it to turn dull, because the dirt and dust just adhere to the wax. You do not need to polish a well looked after piece of furniture more than once every few months.
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