|Applying a regular coat of paste wax is the
best way to maintain wooden furniture. When
applied thinly and properly buffed out, wax
will provide a longer lasting shine than
any spray or oil. It will conceal minor scratches
and surface blemishes and protect the surface
against future scratching. Wax will also
give the wood a deeper looking patina. If
you are thinking of buying a paste wax for
your wooden furniture, consider the following:|
- Paste waxes are combinations of ingredients
blended together for specific wooden surfaces.
Most include plant based carnauba or candelill,
beeswax, and paraffin. Waxes with large amounts
of carnauba are made for floors and need
to be buffed out with a machine. Paraffin
is so soft that too much of it in a wax blend
will result in smeary looking wood.
- Clear waxes will provide protection and sheen
to wood without changing its
color, but waxes
are also available in a number
that will enhance the look
of any wooden
surface. Most brown waxes will
patina of wood; dark waxes
will give dark
furniture a richer look.
- Wax should always be applied as a thin coat.
It should be allowed to dry
no more than
30 minutes before being buffed
out with a
clean, soft cloth or brush.
Since each new
coat of wax dissolves the previous
you should never have to worry
build up if you are properly
- All waxes are made with solvents to provide
a smooth application. Some
of these have
fairly strong and toxic smells,
so you should
always work in a well-ventilated
- Waxing will not make furniture waterproof
nor protect it from damage due to heat or
overexposure to the sunís ultraviolet rays.