Furniture (fine wood) Tip


The type of finish on the wood, not the type of wood, determines how fine wood furniture should be cared for and cleaned. Finishes may be soft (Tung oil or Danish oil), hard (lacquer, polyurethane), or painted.

Routine Care Task

Wax fine wood furniture

A good coating of wax helps protect the surface of the wood furniture and to extend its appearance and useful life.

Timing: December (yearly)

How To

The best maintenance for clear varnished wooden furniture is a coating of good paste wax. Paste wax is a very stable material that provides good protection from moisture and airborne pollutants.

Good quality paste wax is available in most hardware stores. A thin coat should be applied in accordance with the directions on the can. If brass hardware on the wooden furniture needs polishing, it is recommended that it be first removed from the furniture, so that the brass polish does not come in contact with the wood.

Between waxing, loose dust on the surface can be removed with a soft, lint-free cloth, gently rubbed over the surface. Dust is abrasive, and can scratch the surface, so care should be taken.


The benefit of this task is that it helps to extend the useful life of your fine wood furniture.


The cost of this task is relatively low. The time required will depend on the amount of fine wood furniture that you have and their ages.


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