How to wax pine furniture

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How to wax pine furniture
Waxing your pine furniture can protect it from stains and dents. (Christmas table image by araraadt from

Pine is a common wood choice for furniture such as end tables and dressers. This softwood gives homes a rustic, country-style look. A well-constructed piece of pine furniture can last for generations and become a family heirloom, provided it is properly cared for. Since wooden furniture typically sits in one spot without being moved for long periods of time, the damage it is most susceptible to is stains from liquids or small dents from other objects falling against it. An annual waxing session can reduce the risk of this type of damage.

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Things you need

  • Steel wool
  • Waxing pad
  • Paste wax
  • Lint-free cloth

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  1. 1

    Roughen up the surface of the wood with steel wool. The wood should feel slightly rough to the touch but should not have apparent visible damage.

  2. 2

    Rub a waxing pad against paste wax so a thin layer covers the pad.

  3. 3

    Rub the wax into the wood in a circular motion. It's good to start in one corner of the furniture and work your way out. Depending on the size of the furniture, you may need to apply more wax to the waxing pad multiple times throughout the process.

  4. 4

    Examine the wood from multiple angles to make sure the wax is evenly applied. If some spots appear to be more shiny than others, apply a little more wax to the dull spots.

  5. 5

    Let the wax sit until it feels dry to the touch, usually between four and six hours.

  6. 6

    Rub the surface with a lint-free cloth to buff out any smudges.

Tips and warnings

  • Paste wax is good to use because it hardens and creates a strong protective barrier. If you use any other type of wax, you should wax the furniture at least two times per year.

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