Waxing office furniture

Apr 05, 2020

If you are looking for a quick and convenient method, then you can tell, there is no. Of course, apply a small amount of polishing oil on the rag, it is very fast to glaze the furniture once, but you often need to dust the furniture twice later. Oil attracts dust, not resists it. Therefore, once the furniture shines because of its beauty, it will soon become dusty. Moreover, a lot of dust will be combined with oil, which makes the furniture extremely difficult to clean, but it is prone to scratches. So why do most museums grease furniture? The answer is both simple and complex. Oil is indeed good for painting furniture surfaces (not wood). With the passage of time, the furniture surface coating begins to dry, and eventually "evaporates" from the wood, causing the coating to crack or collapse. However, this process will only happen after a long time, and before then it is more likely that the paint will wear due to daily use. Therefore, you should use wax to protect the wood itself, so as to minimize dust, and should not pay too much attention to the moisture on the surface of the wood.

Liquid waxes are better than polishes to some extent. They can create a protective layer on the surface of the wood, allowing the dust to slip off instead of sticking, but its protection time is not as durable as sand wax.

The best protection for wooden furniture is to use high-quality sand wax, which contains a small amount of paraffin wax and a large amount of palm wax. They are very hard, and a small amount of sand wax (about 1/4 of a ball) can be cut and placed on a piece of fabric, kneaded back and forth until it is soft enough to be used for waxing. Then began to wax the furniture. Using a small circular motion, rub the sand wax onto the wood surface. Remember, the harder the wax you use, the better it will protect your furniture. If you wax large pieces of furniture, make sure you take regular breaks because waxing is not an easy task. If you want to do it well, you must keep it fresh.

Once you wax the furniture, the protective layer should last 1 to 2 years, depending on how many times you use it. If after 5 to 10 years, the furniture surface coating begins to become hazy or dark, you can use mineral oil to wipe the wood, scrape the old wax layer, and then apply a new wax protective layer. Some purists strongly support the use of mineral spirits to replace mineral oil. However, mineral spirits are very dangerous and require careful use. If you want to use mineral spirits, please refer to the instructions and notes.

If you use furniture polish to replace wax, you will also find that the surface of the furniture will become darker after a few years. Unfortunately, in fact, the polishing oil can absorb and fuse the dust. There is no way to remove the dust alone except for the overall peeling of the wood surface.

If you are looking for a dark-colored or antique-colored coating for wood, you can try to use beeswax instead of palm wax.

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