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* Appraising Wood Furniture
* Cleaning Wicker Furniture
* Protecting Antique Chairs (Windsor & Chippendales)
* Scratches in Wood Furniture
* Waxing Wood Furniture
* Furniture Knowledge
* Antique Furniture Price Guides
* Restoring Antique Painted Chests
* French Polishing Furniture
* French Polishing Furniture # 2
* French Polishing Furniture # 3
* French Polishing Furniture # 4
* Repairing Marquetry Furniture
* Repairing Parquetry Furniture
* Furniture Restoration - What to look for
* Repairing Split Wood Furniture
* Stripping Wood


 
Waxing Wood Furniture
 Waxing Wooden Furniture

Waxing maintains the finish of wood furniture and protects your investment.  Two coats of blended furniture wax, such as Butcher's or Goddard's, take little work and won't ruin the patina of a well-aged piece. 

 In fact, wax can cover up some small cracks and other minor imperfections in the wood while providing a bit of protection against dirt, dust, and grime.  

George IV flat top desk, ca. 1825-1840
George IV flat top desk,
ca. 1825-1840

Once a year, take a weekend and follow these instructions to restore the finish on your furniture:

  • Make sure the surface of the furniture is dusted and clear of any dirt.
  • Use a paste wax instead of a spray wax.
  • Put a scoop of wax in a clean cloth.
  • Apply in a small, circular motion.
  • In carved areas, work in wax with a stiff bristle brush.
  • After wax hazes, buff with a clean cloth to avoid streaks and smears.
  • Let dry over night.

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