We all love the look of lovely wood furniture polished until it gleams, but if you’ve been using commercial furniture polish to get that shine the chances are at least some of your furniture is starting to look and feel a bit icky. Why? Because the silicon in commercial polish builds up, layer upon layer, often trapping humidity or moisture between layers that eventually makes the surface feel sticky.
Here are two ways to easily — and inexpensively — remove the icky, sticky buildup from your wood furniture. Use caution and test the solution in an inconspicuous spot first. For antiques, it’s best to see a professional.
Wax Build-Up Remover #1
Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a shallow bowl. Apply in the direction of the wood grain using a clean, lint-free cloth. (Fabric baby diapers and microfiber cloths are perfect for this.) Immediately rinse with another clean cloth dipped in water. Buff dry using a third dry cloth. To remove buildup in crevices, dip a soft brush (i.e., a baby toothbrush) in the vinegar-water solution and scrub the crevice, rinse immediately and buff dry.
Wax Build-Up Remover #2
Steep three non-herbal tea bags in hot water for ten minutes. Remove bags and allow liquid to cool. Use a clean, lint-free cloth to apply to furniture. Wipe off with a damp cloth and buff dry.
Keep the build-up from returning by using a homemade furniture polish and enjoy a cloud-free shine.
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