How to Select the Right Product to Maintain Your Furniture

When your furniture was manufactured, the furniture maker picked out the wood, either solid or in a veneer form, built the piece (a chairs, tables, hutch, buffet, head board, desk, etc) and applied a finish. The finish would seal the wood from moisture and add another sense of beauty to the piece. All of this in the hopes that someone, like yourself, would find it attractive and purchase it.

Now that you have had the furniture in your home for all these years you may have noticed that it is starting to look a little tired so to speak. What is really happening is that the air in the atmosphere is starting to oxidize the surface of your furniture and causing it to appear dull.

An example of this can be demonstrated by doing the following: Get in you car and before you drive off, rub your finger across the inside of your windshield. You will see a smudge, which is the oxidation on your window. You have been breathing in your car! There is nothing in the world any of us can do to stop it (short of stop breathing) so we have to learn to live with it the best we can.

But how do you select the right product to maintain your furniture?

A recent trip to the cleaning aids aisle of the local grocery store presented a potpourri of products and I could understand why anyone would have trouble selecting the right product for their predicament. Let me go over what is on the grocery store shelf.

  • Liquids
  • Sprays
  • Oils
  • Waxes

  • All Liquids, no matter the manufacturer, will evaporate after applying. The evaporation may take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes but the liquid will be gone. The oxidation process will continue immediately after the evaporation is complete. All you have done is dusted the piece.
  • Sprays are very convenient and easy to use. Some have pleasant smells added to them and can be quite enjoyable. However, all sprays are liquids being dispersed by a propellant under pressure. Some sprays have an added ingredient of silicone in them to make them shine more than the liquid itself. Just remember that all sprays are liquids and, they too, will evaporate. Also, since sprays are so easy to use we tend to use too much of them. This in turn leads to problems with a residue forming on the surface of our furniture and causing a sticky feel if we do not wipe off the excess. Oxidation will start immediately after the spray is wiped off.
  • Oils are usually applied by hand using a soft cloth. They will have a petroleum distillate in them that will evaporate after a short time and leave an oily film. This film is what catches dust and has a tendency to build up over time. Oxidation will start immediately after the oil is wiped off. If the oil product has a scent added, it will make your room smell nice.
  • Waxes, primarily paste wax, are applied by hand in a very sparing manner. To make paste wax work, the manufacturer adds a solvent to the wax to drop the melting point down to a workable product. Without the addition of a solvent the beeswax would be almost unworkable. It would feel like a brickLet’s talk specifically about Briwax . . . Beeswax is the most refined of the waxes and it has a melting point of approximately 144 – 147 F (62-64 C).  The addition of a solvent drops the melting point down to 85F (29 C). Since waxes are applied by hand the hands temperature will be 98.6F (37 C) and this will cause the beeswax to soften and flow very evenly as it is spread over our furniture. This is called workability and greatly eases the application. The solvent in the wax will clean off grease, fingerprints and general dirt and then evaporate. After the evaporation, about a minute, the beeswax is left behind and will forms a protective film over our furniture. Beeswax must be buffed with a clean cloth to produce a beautiful sheen over the surface. Oxidation will start immediately after the wax is buffed but will only affect the wax and not the furniture. The real beauty of beeswax is that every time you re-wax the piece, the solvent in the wax will remove the old wax that was last applied (whether ten minutes or ten years). This means that over time your furniture will actually have a prettier finish than the day you bought it and the piece can develop a true patina.

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Briwax will turn into a liquid in hot weather from sitting in a hot delivery truck all day.  This in no way diminishes the quality of the product.  Simply allow the container to come to room temperature to return to a paste form.  You may hear Briwax sloshing around in the can, don’t panic – pop it into the refrigerator – like butter, it will become hard again.

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