Wood polish for your home furniture will not only add a shine and gloss to your wood furniture, but is also essential in ensuring that the wood is protected from scratches and small dirt that can get lodged in the wood grain. If you have plenty of wood furniture, however, purchasing commercially manufactured wood polish can be expensive. Here’s how you can create your own.
- For woods with a finish. Woods with a finish will need a different kind of polish, since the polish to be used for these types of furniture only needs to complement the finish which is already intended to protect the wood. The polish that you should use will be made from olive oil and lemon juice. Mix equal amounts of these ingredients in a bowl, and use a lint free, dry cloth. Chamois are the best types of clothes that can be used, since these will not damage the wood and will absorb the solution very well. When you use the solution, be sure to apply in the direction of the grain of the wood. After applying the solution, polish to a bright shine with a new and clean cloth.
- For unfinished wood. For unfinished wood, on the other hand, you should use combine one cup of mineral oil for every teaspoon of lemon oil. Use a spoon to mix the ingredients together and then apply using a soft cloth. Because the wood is unfinished, you will need to allow the wood to soak the mineral oils. After wards, apply another coat. If it takes longer to absorb the oils, this means that the wood is already saturated. You can then polish the wood with a new and clean piece of cloth, following the grain of the wood.
- An all purpose wood polish. Another recipe that you can try out makes use of equal amounts of coconut oil, beeswax, olive oil, and carnauba wax. Combine these in a pan and heat in the lowest setting. You will only need enough heat to melt the waxes and allow the various ingredients to combine together. Afterwards, put in enough distilled water to create a mixture that is thick and very creamy. Add in some grapefruit seed oils to help preserve the cream, and add in fragrances and essential oils. This can then be stored in a glass jar and applied on wood surfaces to keep the wood polished and protected.
- Scheduling and maintenance. As much as possible, create a schedule of when you will apply the wood polish. This is the best way to ensure that the wood will always be well cared for. Do not wait for scratches and dull wood sections to appear, since this will mean that the wood’s natural oil has completely been depleted. By scheduling the maintenance and cleaning for your wood furniture, you can minimize the amount of wood polish that you will need to use to bring the wood furniture back to its original shine.
Through ingredients that are available at home or in the grocery, you can create these inexpensive wood polishes for all types of wood.