Wood Furniture Polishing Tips

Of all the responsibilities that come with taking care of your home, paying special attention to your wood furniture is sometimes overlooked. Should you need to have your table professionally re-polished after 5 or 10 years of use, then we can arrange for your table to be re-sanded and re-polished by our skilled workshop polishers, who will always produce excellent results through our deep re-sanding process prior to re-polishing, bringing back your furniture to look almost like the day you bought it years ago.

Having spent the time sanding the stairs it was extremely scary applying the white stain recommended but so worth while…..my attitude in the end was just do it. We are now working our way through the various wood finishes in my boyfriends showroom and envisage poor Mark will be getting a few more phone calls, and we will be buying our varied wood finish needs from nowhere else from now on… thanks Mark, very much appreciate it.

Take a good look at the results you’ve achieved thus far; if you feel more gloss is called for, then replace the buffing pad with a new one and apply your finer polishing compound and give it another go. Again, be very careful not to get caught up in the process and buff right through the finish, as it can become quite intoxicating to see the deep, mirror-like finish appear.

Smiths Polishing is a family run and owned business which has been professionally finishing wood and restoring furniture throughout Stirlingshire, Edinburgh, Perthshire and Glasgow since polishers are fully time served with over 35years experience in such a classic and historic trade and hold contracts lasting over ten years with many top piano retailers/restorers, timber companies, furniture retailers, construction companies, upholstery firms and many more.

Chemical staining of wood is rarely carried out because it is easier to colour wood using dye or pigmented stain, however, ammonia fuming is a chemical staining method that is still occasionally used to darken woods such as oak that contain a lot of tannins Staining of wood is difficult to control because some parts of the wood absorb more stain than others, which leads to problems such as blotchiness and streaking.

Use a wood care product designed specifically for treating everyday injuries to your wood furniture. If your wood has crevices, use a soft bristled brush to dust in them, or use a soft brush attachment on a vacuum, held just closely enough to extract the dust. Fine oil – baby oil/mineral oil, olive oil, paraffin oil – for lubricating the movement of the polishing pad. If you’re wondering how to clean wooden furniture on the regular without much hassle, regardless of the wood finishing, you should get rid of the dust first. A simple overhead conveyor system can be designed to move wood products through several wood finishing processes in a continuous loop.

Polish mostly with a circular motion but finish by polishing with long, straight strokes with the grain. Ironically, for a finish that has such as dubious start in life, Shellac has many applications in today’s world. And don’t put your hot plates down on a polished table without a heat proof cloth or table mat underneath. Squeak and Bubbles can undertake marble floor polishing using the same methods.

Buffing wood floors removes minor scratches or scuffs and can also give your floor an attractive and lustrous shine that can last for years. Using a kitchen knife, lightly dip into the medium-coarse polishing compound as you would a butter dish and pick up a very small amount then smear it onto and all around your pad. While wet the sanded surface will appear as it will under finish and even small scratches will be apparent.

Sanding with the much finer 1200 grit sandpaper will diminish or remove the 600 grit sanding scratches from the surface, making it even smoother. Rub more oil into the wood at regular intervals, at least once a week for up to six months, concentrating on a different area each time. Apply the shellac to the wood surface in a gliding or sweeping motion, working one small area at a time, perhaps 2 square feet.

With skill and good fortune a very acceptable finish is produced off the pad” with no further polishing or buffing needed. The presence of these nearly impossible to remove silicone compounds will produce a surface finish with spots (called fish-eyes) where the silicone have prevented the new finish from adhering. Take it to a high enough grit and you’ll be polishing the surface to a super high gloss.

This tool has the unusual benefit of both smoothing the surface by burnishing and applying a wax coating to create a glossy finish. Use of Pumice powder during French polishing – The ultra fine pumice powder is a mild abrasive – a commonly used ingredient in facial creams and soaps. Raw wood will in most cases require two coats, so if you’re looking for a good all-purpose way to protect and clean any wooden furnishing this excellent wax paste is ideal. Most of the old folk formulas for furniture polish ask for 1/4 cup of oil or so, plus a few drops of vinegar.

Removing dents from wood surfaces is quite straightforward as pointed out by. 7 Add a few droplets of demineralized water to the dent and let it soak in. Then put a clean cloth over the dent and place the tip of a hot iron on the cloth that lies immediately above the dent, taking great care not to burn the wood. Also regular treatment of the table surface allows the timber to be finely sanded, which helps arrest the colour change through maturity and allows the table and flaps to remain more balanced in colour.

WET-OR-Dry Polishing Papers FWOD – 600/1200/1500 grits for the very fine leveling of cured shellac between padding sessions. Check out this link to Montessori Services where you’ll find some of the items I’ve used in the above photo, as well as some all natural wood polish. Several types of oil can be used – fine mineral oil (baby oil), virgin olive oil, or paraffin oil – and they all work equally well in this application. Yes, this Bona Hardwood Floor Polish will work on your engineered floors, since your floor is real wood too.

I will try a small patch of floor in a corner – many people here use just olive oil – but maybe I can weaken the wax content a bit. Use a 000 (triple zero) fine steel wool and lightly clean it. Wipe with a soft cloth to polish. The next day, use a 600 wet and dry sandpaper to smooth out the Shellac and then wipe off the sanding dust with a tack cloth. Work the wet paste over the surface quickly, efficiently, leaving wet filler paste only in open pores and leaving very little paste residue on the wood surface. This type of oil softens and reactivates old lacquer or varnish, making it glow again.

This can easily be done by soaking an ultra fine grade 4 zero steel wool pad in Liberon Wax & Polish Remover and wiping over the surface to soften the old wax. The benefit of polishing is twofold: Not only does it add shine to the wood surface in the short term, but it also prevents the wood from drying out and becoming brittle, which benefits the piece over the long haul. To minimize fatigue hold the Scotchbrite pad with the open palm (if possible), or wrap the pad around a block of wood.

The solvent action of even this small amount of alcohol on the pad smoothes and glosses the new surface and, more importantly, draws the lubricating oil out of the freshly padded shellac. Also, if your surface finish is cracked (get on eye level to check), don’t use any liquid on the piece. We have a lot of wood furniture in our house – antiques and second hand furniture are what we used to furnish it (or, as one friend who helped us move put it, too much old stuff).

The tight corners and small areas of the neck and head, the fingerboard/top intersection, and the sides/neck heel intersection will require the use of the smaller pad and/or just a polishing cloth held in the fingers to sufficiently coat all areas. Shake in a glass jar and apply with a very soft cloth to naturally clean and polish hard wood furniture. Allow the work to sit for a couple of hours so any oil can come to the surface.

A small amount of this alcohol is used from a small dispenser bottle during the actual padding process to thin the shellac in the pad as needed, usually in the final polishing sessions. Simply put, the longer you let a finish cure, the easier it will be to rub it, and that goes for any sheen. In more traditional French polishing this pumice powder is also used to fill the pores in the hardwoods.

Homemade recipe for cleaning wood: Some experts recommend reviving grimy wood furniture with a mixture of equal parts olive oil, denatured alcohol, gum turpentine, and strained lemon juice. Then apply a specialized wood cleaning product – always follow the instructions on the label, and choose your product to suit the finish on your furniture. Types of cloths to avoid: coarse material, old clothing that may have buttons, snaps or trim that will scratch the finish and synthetics or permanent press fabrics which will not absorb moisture or excess oils.