To Wax or Not to Wax

Would you light a candle and then spread the wax all over your dining room table? If you are using wax on your favorite natural wood furniture then that’s exactly what you are doing. Wax is more harmful to wood than it is beneficial. Anything made of natural wood needs to breathe. It also needs an occasional infusion of moisture to look it’s best and maintain the warm rich look. Putting wax on natural wood simply creates a surface barrier and prevents the wood from breathing. It does not allow moisture or natural oil to penetrate the surface. Wax can, in essence, smother the wood.

If you have a favorite piece that has been treated with wax and then use Scott’s Liquid Gold, the finish may begin to look cloudy and dull, as if the finish has been damaged. Actually, Liquid Gold is doing what it should. The natural solvents are eating away at the wax, trying to dissolve the wax build-up. If you want to remove wax build up, apply Liquid Gold and leave it on for some time. Buff out any remaining oil and do it again. It will take some time and several application but Scott’s Liquid Gold will remove the wax build up and bring back the warm rich glow of healthy natural wood.

The best way to care for natural wood is to dust regularly and treat it with oil like Scott’s Liquid Gold once a month or as needed to keep it from drying out. The time between applications of Liquid Gold varies based on where you live. If you live in a drier climate, you need to treat your wooden treasures more often. Using a product like Scott’s Liquid Gold cleans, moisturizes and protects all the natural wood in your home or office. It allows the wood to breathe while providing the needed moisturize. It protects the wood, naturally.

Natural wood does not like wax but it loves Scott’s Liquid Gold!

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About Barbara Goldstein

I am the Director of Corporate Communications for Scott's Liquid Gold and Neoteric Cosmetics. I am the third generation to work in this family business founded and based in Denver, CO. We will celebrate our 6oth anniversary in 2011.
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