Wood Furnishings Care

You can rub out all types of film forming finishes, including shellac, lacquer, oil based varnish and polyurethane, waterbased coatings and catalyzed or conversion coatings. However, the shellac on the test board had cured for a couple of weeks at the time, and I realized when attempting to apply the same technique to a shelf that had only just been shellacked, the results were as I’d not applied wax and steel wool at all. Strong sunlight will cause your furniture to fade, and hot atmospheres will cause the wood to dry out, and damage polished surfaces. Refold the rubber and press it against a piece of scrap wood to squeeze out any surplus polish. All makes of antique, period, reproduction and modern furniture can be successfully restored in colour and finish.

Bodying up. Give the wood another four or five coats of polish, with half hour breaks between applications, and then leave it to harden once more. I imagine it would work well for a finish on bowls and glasses as it a non drying oil and it holds up well to extreme temperatures. Mineral oil is used to rehydrate and protect wood furniture from stains, spills and liquids, while vinegar cleanses it. Pour the mixture in a bottle and you’re ready to go! Rub the wood in the same direction as the grain, rather than across it to avoid scratching. To discuss wood door maintenance with an expert, speak with our trusted team today!

Follow by rubbing some coconut oil onto another clean cloth, and apply to wood in a circular motion. Having tried other options I now rely on Mark Finney’s advice and products for all my wood finishing. Silicones impregnate the wood fibers and can prevent the wood from accepting a new finish. The wet, creamy, water-based filler paste is simply squeegeed across the wood surface – and into the pores – with a flexible plastic card or palette knife. Use of Alcohol during French polishing -The denatured alcohol is the solvent for the French polishing shellac solution – the liquid in the solution is alcohol.

Use a soft cloth to wipe down wooden furniture and give it a good cleaning before polishing and restoring. To treat deeper scratches that gouge into the wood, use wood filler or a colored filler wax stick available at hardware and home improvement stores. Beyond this an even more durable finish can be developed by an application of one or more coats of a paste varnish. Before you begin the cleaning and revitalization of your fine furniture it is important to protect the floors and adjacent areas. My personal experience is using carnauba wax (non abrasive auto wax) for the same purpose!

With the instrument ready on the work surface begin the polishing session by gripping the application pad firmly in the palm of the polishing hand and gathering the cover cloth tightly around the wadding ball with the fingertips. As a natural material, wood is vulnerable to the effects of aging which means it can become dried out, cracked, or stained. The polish also contains Carnauba Wax as well as Beeswax, which form a natural wax coating to protect your wood. Pigmented wax is a great choice if you need to hide small scrapes and nicks on the wood surface. It is used thinned with denatured alcohol as a finish and as a way to manipulate the wood’s ability to absorb other finishes.

As well as marble floor polishing we can polish non-absorbent and sealed floor surfaces too such as vinyl, sealed tiles, and more! Pour a few drops of the lubricating oil on the finely sanded finish, then sprinkle some of the powdered Rottenstone FPROT over the same area. If the finish still seems dirty, clean lightly with #0000 steel wool dipped in a cleaning product. I believe that lemongrass is also antibacterial and an antiseptic so it might help keep your floors nice and clean and ward off mold and mildew as well.

The final step, if required, is to de-grease the wood with methylated spirits applied with a cotton will remove any natural oils that are still in the wood and which could cause adhesion problems later on. This is especially important with hardwoods which are naturally oily. Why not, instead, look up your local French polisher, who should be able to restore the wood so the piece looks much as it would have done when it was new. From the professional leading name in wood care polishing and cleaning products Parker & Bailey comes this amazing kitchen cabinet cream.


The key to successful polishing will be the eventual understanding of the different materials and elements involved and adapting the technique and materials used to the changing conditions of the developing finish. The smoother the surface of this cover cloth cotton is the smoother that the padded shellac surface can , our French polishing pad is just another finish application tool, like a brush or spray gun.

The production of aerosol polishes requires four important operations: compounding the wax emulsion, filling the primary container, pressurizing/gassing the can, and finishing operations. Apply the citrus cleaners using a Scotchbrite pad , scrubbing gently in the direction of the grain of the wood. Do the same with the vinegar Olive oil nourishes your wood furniture, and vinegar helps clean and refresh.

Polishing Pads – To polish the surface you will need to use very fine abrasives – 500 grit to 5000 grit – for the first step of the process. Cleaning as often as you can will help minimize the dirt and dust on your floors that can act like sandpaper and wear your floor. Mix either pomace or jojoba oil (both of which are cheap, non-food-grade oils that have long shelf lives and little color) with white vinegar.

Choosing a clear finish for wood involves trade-offs between appearance, protection, durability, safety, requirements for cleaning, and ease of application. Smooth, even, and consistent polishing with this alcohol pad will diminish any minor surface imperfections -like the fine swirl marks left by the pad during shellac polishing. OLD ENGLISH® Oil products also conserve oils in fine antique furniture, help prevent cracking in older, lacquer finished surfaces, and condition open grain oil finished surfaces (such as Scandinavian furniture). If you just don’t feel like actually making something, rubbing some straight coconut oil into dry wood is also an option.

And, of course, one should be wearing work clothes and shoes that won’t be ruined by drips of oil or varnish. The solution should be more oil than powder so that the very thin paste will remain liquid for easy polishing. Re-oil regularly with an edible oil (from your pantry), such as Olive Oil or Coconut Oil. This approach is useful for moving large, awkward shaped wood products that are difficult or impossible to lift or hang overhead, such as four-legged wood furniture.

Tung oil and linseed oil are reactive finishes that cure by reacting with oxygen, but do not form a film. SPIRIT OFF THE FINAL FINISH – When the final finish is achieved through all of these polishing sessions let the finish cure for two days. We will sand/level the shellac with either 600 grit WET-OR-DRY sandpaper between padding sessions or with 1200 grit WET-OR-DRY sandpaper before the final polishing.

Mixed with water, it can clean your hardwood floors thoroughly and gives it that natural, lemony scent. Wood polish is used to protect against abrasions and gives your furniture a shiny appearance. Oil polishes, cleaners, and furniture oils protect wood by making the surface more slippery; they do not offer a hard protective layer. I do love the smell of linseed oil in a furniture polish—it is rich and nutty—but I only use that which is food grade. Silicones interfere with attempts to apply a new finish to an apparently clean surface that is affected with silicone wax.

If your polish is oil based, then you should consider that you may make the surface fairly slippery. A pigmented wax will conceal any nicks, scrapes, or blemishes in the wood color or the finish. Silicone impregnates the wood fibers and can prevent the wood from accepting a new finish. Oh and for this step you have to use a polishing pad on the mop (it’s more like a lamb’s wool pad while the cleaning one is a bit more scrubbing-sponge-like). If he later wants to do a hard seal finish (i.e. urethane), I think the oil in the wood would be a problem.

After applying pine wax to your furniture, your light colored wood and unfinished wood will posses a deep, rich tone that looks natural. After fresh shellac is applied to the drying pad for more padding, a drop of oil is added to the polishing surface of the pad. The furniture industry invariably employed traditional French Polishing methods, but other trades would sometimes resort to a simpler method of applying shellac, brushing it onto the work. Some of our wood floor polishing clients include Charles Tyrwhitt, Decco Ltd, schools, homes, and many offices around West Yorkshire, both large and small.