Waxing may seem like a fussy housekeeping from another era, but it’s actually a shortcut to cleanliness, says Martha Stewart in her Homekeeping Handbook. Both paste and liquid wax, (sometimes called polish), repel dust and water, shielding surfaces from dirt and spills, while also adding a soft luster that helps preserve almost any material, from plastic and fiberglass to silver and concrete. Since pure waxes cannot be spread, they contain other ingredients, although pastes have a higher percentage of wax than liquids. Most waxes are suitable for more than one job, but none works on every surface. Before choosing a wax, read the label carefully to ensure it will work with the surface you are waxing. It’s wise to do the same with metal polishes, which are each formulated to restore the luster to specific materials.
1. The first step for the correct way in waxing wood furniture, is to wipe the wood surface with a soft cloth dampened with water and mild dishwashing liquid, to clean it. If a piece is especially dirty, use a mild solvent like mineral spirits or odorless paint thinner. Test an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t damage the finish. If the finish is unchanged, dampen a soft cloth with the solvent- use it sparingly- and rub it over the wood.
2. The next step in waxing your wood furniture, is to apply a paste wax, such as Butcher’s Wax, which is available in hardware stores and supermarkets. Use a cotton rag folded into a square pad. Paste wax which is solid and comes in a tin, contains a blend of waxes, usually carnauba and beeswax and a mild solvent, like mineral spirits or turpentine, to soften the wax. Apply a thin, even coat to a few square feet at a time, covering every inch of wood.
3. Allow the wax to dry for ten to twenty – five minutes. If you don’t wait long enough, you’ll wipe the wax right off. If you wait too long, it will be difficult to buff out. In that case, simply add more wax to soften the existing coat.
4. Buff with a clean cloth, turning it frequently, and try to remove all the wax. When the rag slides easily rather than drags, you’re all done.http://www.dialamaidusa.com , a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il, says if you follow the above suggestions, your furniture will last for years to come.