How to apply bees wax to furniture

Updated November 22, 2016

Beeswax is a natural product that does not contain any harsh synthetic materials such as silicone or petroleum by products, making it not only safe for the environment but safe for your family as well. Using beeswax on wood furniture is a natural and effective way to not only give your wood furniture a gorgeous shine, but to also offer a level of protection.

Clean the furniture. Before you begin, remove all dirt and dust particles from your wood furniture using a damp cloth.

Apply beeswax. Use a circular motion when applying wax to larger surfaces to ensure the wax gets into all crevices. It doesn't matter the direction in which you apply the wax for smaller surfaces.

Wait for the wax to dry. Drying times depend on the manufacturer, so check the instructions for exact drying time.

Buff off the wax. Using a rag, begin rubbing the beeswax off the furniture, much like you would if you were buffing wax off a car.

Repeat steps 2 through 4. If this is the first time you are coating the furniture in beeswax, repeat steps 2 through 4 every eight hours for three more coats.


Always buy beeswax made specifically for furniture. Beeswax products made for floors are not suited for furniture. Use a softer cloth. The softer the cloth you use to buff the wax off, the higher the sheen in the end. Try a soft chamois or even a cloth baby diaper for a high gloss shine.


Never buff before the wax is dry. When you do this, all you are doing is spreading the wet wax around, and you will not get a high sheen or a layer of protection on your furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Furniture-grade beeswax
  • Rags
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Sue-Lynn Carty has over five years experience as both a freelance writer and editor, and her work has appeared on the websites and LoveToKnow. Carty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration, with an emphasis on financial management, from Davenport University.