Tip Tuesday #2: Furniture Polish

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 11-17-2010 03:16 PM 1057 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When cleaning furniture, a little water is usually all you need. Most of the time you don’t need store bought furniture polishes or waxes. Most furniture these days just need to be dusted and if really dirty cleaned with a moist rag. Wax will build up and can leave the finish streaky and sticky. Some products may even have a solvent in them to cut oil and grease that can soften the finish of the piece.

What I normally do is wet a rag and wring it out as much as possible. This leaves a very slightly moist rag that can then be used to wipe down the furniture. If oily finger prints are still seen on the finish, I may use dish washing detergent. I’ll put a few drops on the rag, lather it up, rinse slightly, and wring it out as before. When wiping soapy residue shouldn’t be left behind. If so there is too much soap left on the rag.

Another reason I don’t use a store bought polish is because it will contaminate my Finish. If I polish up a new piece and I need to do some touch up or the customer has me change the finish, I may run into some problems.

If anybody wants to give that a try, we have a showroom full of furniture that is connected to a shop. It gets real dusty around here.

Sorry about the photo mom. I had to use it one more time.

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#1 posted 11-17-2010 06:06 PM

When I am finished polishing a piece, I wax it with carnauba wax. If I need to make a repair mineral spirits will take it off. The wax gives it a really nice look after the pumice and rottenstone.

One of my kitchen counters.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 11-18-2010 12:33 PM

That sheen looks good.

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