Recipe for Homemade Furniture Wax or Polish?

I've had a quick look, but can't find a recipe for furniture wax/polish. Can anyone help please?

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July 13, 20201 found this helpful

This recipe is for Wax - www.thespruce.com/homemade-furniture-wax-recipe-1313549 and this one is for the Polish - lovelygreens.com/.../

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July 15, 20200 found this helpful

thanks for the links,Ana!xx

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July 13, 20200 found this helpful

I stopped using polish or wax on my wood furniture more than 20 years ago. Those products only sit on the surface and really don't do anything good for re-moisturizing the wood. Something much better for the wood is something that puts oils back into it, so I've been using Lemon Oil. There are many brands on the market, and Old English even makes one that is lemon oil-based with a tint to it called "Scratch Cover", that helps blend in color to scratches on wood furniture, as well as restoring oils to the wood grain.

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I have an oak dining table I use lemon oil on the top of at least once a month, AND I do the bottom-side of twice a year. I wipe on the lemon oil to wood furniture, let it sit for about 5 minutes, then use a dry cloth to wipe off the excess so the surface is not oily to the touch. I love lemon oil for wood !!!!! Smells good too.

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July 15, 20200 found this helpful

ive never tried lemon oil! thanks gggd!,it sounds great!xxx

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July 13, 20201 found this helpful

I do a lot of work carving here and I have gotten out of using furniture polishes to keep them looking nice. I would rather use a natural wax that is easy to make that keep the wood polished and also adds to the luster of the wood to keep it from drying out and cracking. It is easy to make them.

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You will need equal parts of beeswax and paraffin. Now melt this down in a double boiler on your stove. Now if you want scents in the wax you will need to add some scented oil to the mixture. You can add some almond, coconut, walnut, or olive oil. I like to keep it simple and use olive oil in mine. You can also get the same thing in a lot of hardwood stores. They normally sell this wax for hardwood floors and it is perfect for your furniture at home. it is cheaper to make it at home and when it is done and cooked it will be a wax form that basically all you need to do is put some on your cloth and rub it into your wood.

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July 15, 20200 found this helpful

thankyou,Poehere xxx

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July 13, 20201 found this helpful

How to preserve wood furniture is probably one of the most controversial subjects around and it seems everybody (including 'experts') have their own ideas about what products/ingredients you should or should not use - whether homemade or commercial.

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I believe not enough is said about what type of finish is on the wood furniture you're trying to maintain/preserve as this answer makes a lot of difference in what you should or should not use.
The problem here is that most people do not know what type of finish they have or may have several different finishes on items in their home and sometimes this may mean not all 'recipes' will work properly on all pieces.

I love Old English and they make so many different products that usually work on most wood pieces and I have furniture all over my house that was purchased in the 60's and still looks 'new'.

There are some basic rules that will help keep furniture looking good that have nothing to do with 'polish'.
1.) I have learned to never set a potted plant on any wood piece as no matter what is under it - some moisture always seems to reach the wood.

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2.) Never leave table runners, place mats, center scarves/pieces, doilies, lamps, books, in the same spot for more than a couple of weeks or you may end up with a 'lighter/darker' spot where that item was resting on the furniture. This is especially important is there is a lot of direct or indirect lighting in the room (sunlight can really cause this to happen quickly).
3.) Most experienced 'refinishers' say to clean your furniture each time before placing any kind of wax or polish so you will not have a 'buildup' that can cause problems and will be difficult to remove.
4.) Use only one recipe/product at a time and clean off one before trying something else.

I would recommend trying to determine what type of finish you have and make sure the wax/polish you make will not harm your wood (most will probably not do harm but may not work well on all finishes).

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Read several online sites to see what different refinishers are saying about homemade and commercial products. Then decide what you want to try first. Here is one site:

www.newstimes.com/.../10-tips-about-caring-for-wood-furniture...

This sounds like a good recipe for polish.

www.thespruce.com/homemade-furniture-polish-recipes...

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July 15, 20200 found this helpful

thankyou cybergrannie,that was very helpful and the links were brilliant .xxxx

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July 14, 20201 found this helpful

So you are going to get a bunch of different opinions here. Here's what I can tell you from my personal experience. My grandmother coddled her dining room set (it was mahogany and from the 1920s). She would bathe it in oils and clean it with products like Murphy's oil soap monthly. When I inherited it in the 1990s it was slick and tacky and stunk. It was covered in years and years of build up of all that yuck that she loved and thought gave it that high polished and glossy look. It was awful.

I had to use Dawn and a rag and spent hours getting the gunk off of it. Turns out the gunk was also holding together a crack in the table leg and one each on several of the chair backs. Like the stuff turned to glue holding it all together.

I used the set from 1993 until just a few years ago when the chairs finally broke clear through and the table leg cracked all the way through.

I bought a very similar table and chairs from the exact same era at an estate sale and the daughter of the old lady that owned it said that her mom never did anything but dust the table and chairs and very, very rarely she would use a little Pledge (after it was invented) on it when she was having company. This set is perfect. Not a crack, not a mark, no tacky, gunky feel to it.

G-d love my grandmother, but I think her overzealous cleaning and use of products on it caused its early demise (which was still a good long life at 70+ years), but still....) if you look at my old table and my new table you would think my table was much newer, but they are nearly identical in year purchased by the original owners.

I am of the mind of just a good dusting and since I hate products, NO Pledge or anything like that. It looks great and I pray I get another 30 years from it and can then hand it down to the next generation!

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July 15, 20200 found this helpful

well it cant hurt i guess! very interesting-thanks!xxx

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