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Restore Wood with Old-Fashioned Wax

Restore Wood with Old-Fashioned Wax
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Are you fed up with dull finishes and
scratches on your wooden furniture? The
old-fashioned—and highly effective—way to
perk up drab, marred furniture is to wax it.
Classic furniture wax products, such as
Butcher’s Bowling Alley Wax, fill tiny
scratches in wooden furniture. They can help
you to restore shine and protect the piece
from future wear. You can use this type of wax
today the same way it was used in the late
1800s. (Check the instructions from your furniture
manufacturer, though, to make sure
that they don’t advise against this type of
restoration technique.)

You will need:

  • Murphy Oil Soap or other mild soap
  • Superfine (0000) steel wool (available at
    hardware stores)
  • One container paste furniture wax
  • 3 or 4 clean, soft cloths

Step 1. Gently wash the wood surface with
a solution of mild soap and water and allow it
to dry.

Step 2. Dampen a piece of steel wool and
rub it on the surface of the wax so that a small
amount of wax adheres to the steel wool. (If
0000 steel wool is not available, use a soft
cloth. Do not use any other type of steel
wool.) Now rub the wax
over a small area of the
surface using small circular

Step 3. Let the wax sit
for 5 to 10 minutes, until
it hazes over. Then gently
wipe off the excess wax
with a cloth.You should not be able to streak
the surface of the wood after wiping.

Step 4. Buff the surface again with a new
clean cloth. Don’t wait too long, or the wax
will be more difficult to remove.

Step 5. Apply another coat and repeat Steps 3 and 4.

— The best way to keep waxed furniture shiny
is to clean it with a feather duster or a damp
rag. Don’t apply furniture polish over the wax.

Excerpt from 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints brought to you by Skyhorse Publishing

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