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Furniture Wax

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 of colors that will enhance the look of any wooden surface. Most brown waxes will deepen the 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 layer, you should never have to worry about wax build up if you are properly applying the wax.
  • 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 area when waxing furniture.
  • Waxing will not make furniture waterproof nor protect it from damage due to heat or overexposure to the sunís ultraviolet rays.


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