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 its best and maintain a warm, rich look. Putting wax on natural wood simply creates a surface barrier and though it does protect the surface, it prevents the wood from breathing. Not allowing moisture or natural oil to penetrate the surface wax can, in essence, smother the wood.

Let’s take a quick moment. We have been addressing indoor wood care. Outdoor furniture, decking, garden ornamentation, and the like requires vastly different care. In the case of outdoor furnishing, there is a strong argument to be made that wax provides a beneficial protective barrier. When it comes to the wood in home decor like cabinetry, doors, furniture heirlooms, and other treasures handed down, an oil-based product like Scott’s Liquid Gold is the only way to go.

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 applications, but Scott’s Liquid Gold will remove the wax build-up and bring back the warm rich glow of naturally healthy wood.

The best way to care for natural wood is to dust regularly and treat it with an oil-based product like Scott’s Liquid Gold at least once a month or as needed to keep the wood from drying out. The time between applications may vary based on the climate and humidity where you live. If you live in a drier climate, you need to treat your wooden treasures more often. 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 needed hydration and protects the wood. Natural wood loves Scott’s Liquid Gold!

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Real Wood + Greenery for the Best Holiday Look

rustic-holiday-decor-collageHave you started decorating for the winter holidays yet? As soon as Thanksgiving is over, many people begin decorating their homes for the holidays. This year, popular holiday décor is overwhelmingly natural, rustic, neutral, and understated. Images and design ideas trending right now highlight natural and botanical elements rather than plastic or artificial. This trend is great for the budget and easy to achieve. Many items you can use may be found in your very own backyard! We are excited to share with you how to create this look in your home and how Scott’s Liquid Gold can help.

To begin, find some real wood. Flea markets and thrift stores are great for finding old wooden trays, planter boxes, barn wood, pallet wood or crates. With a little Liquid Gold, they make beautiful clean slates for your creative attention. Barn wood and pallet wood can make great holiday signs or stocking holders. Crates, trays, and planter boxes can be the start to a lovely tablescape or the festive filling of an empty corner or coffee table.

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Once you have your wood, go on a treasure hunt in your backyard for branch cuttings, pine cones, and rosemary, spruce, or evergreen sprigs. If your backyard doesn’t yield enough to work with, try Walmart, craft stores, or garden stores. You can easily find artificial or real greenery, wood slices, burlap, and pillar candles.  These elements can easily be put together in many different ways to create charming holiday looks – it’s so easy they can almost be thrown together! christmas-botanical-decorations
Beyond the decorations, holiday gift wrap can follow the same trend. Pinterest is full of inspiration for beautifully simple gift wrap of brown kraft paper with natural elements such as greenery and twine. Again – great for the budget and less work for you!

This year, more than ever, take time to refresh your home and lift your spirits for the holidays. Creativity, thriftiness, and a little Scott’s Liquid Gold blend perfectly together for a charming and natural holiday décor. Happy decorating!

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