Caring for Waxed Furniture
Although waxed furniture is, without doubt, stunningly attractive to look at, it can soon become less so if it is not given the proper care and attention that keeps it looking as such. Whenever we produce a waxed piece of furniture, we're always very quick to caution customers that although it might look appealing, it will require some additional care in order to keep it in pristine condition.
The reason for this is that although the colour in waxed furniture is applies in the same way as that of lacquered furniture, the liquid wax does not act as a sealant and therefore the elements of the outside world, including heat and liquid can quickly damage a surface.
Prevention is better than cure
Spills from hot and cold liquids can actually be absorbed into the wood and leave a permanent ring so coasters and mats are an absolute must, whoever is enjoying the drink. The same rules apply for empty glasses, objects with sharp or abrasive bottoms and anything which is heavy and likely to press into the surface.
Any waxed surface requires periodical waxing to keep it looking in the best of health but the frequency with which you need to wax furniture will very much depend on what and how often you use the piece of furniture. For example, a table which is used every day may need a coat of wax every two weeks but a cabinet which is infrequently or rarely used will not require as much in the way of waxing.
The purpose of waxing is that the wax hydrates the wood and rejuvenates it as it absorbs so it helps to think of it as being like a moisturiser for the piece of furniture. Just as is the case with your face or hands, the more often you moisturise the furniture, the healthier it will look. Before waxing commences, it is essential to remove any surface dust or dirt. Whilst some manufacturers recommend a special or specific polish or cleaner, others recommend a baby or polish wipe and you should always check with us prior to using any chemical on your waxed furniture.
The next job is to choose the right wax and make sure that it is properly applied. The wax should be used liberally but well spaced out and worked into the grain. After that, you should let it dry for twenty minutes and then go and buff like your life depends on it. A shoe brush is ideal for this and you should pay attention to the corners and any natural contours in the material.
Keep on top of the waxing and the care, and there's no reason why you won't be enjoying your waxed furniture for years to come.