Who’s getting ready for playoffs?

If you’re hosting the parties this season – don’t break the bank to make your party festive.
Bronco table

Pick any old table from your home, garage, grandmas place or your local Goodwill. By unanimous decision, I had to pick the Bronco’s (Go Denver – cough cough!) I can’t say everyone in the building was on-board but majority rules.

Touchdown!

Touchdown!

The hardest part of re-vamping this table was making sure I did the reverse stencil properly. Simply print the imagine you’d like, cut it out and practice on a piece of cardboard. It helps to find an image in the reverse color (white to black). This may ensure you cut the right pieces out. Also, if you’re using spray paint I suggest printing on paper with one adhesive side. This will make for better lines and a simpler process (less mistakes). You could also use an adhesive spray (found at a hobby store). My table needed a little sanding first (150 grit may have been too much). necessities
Before table2

In this process I learned something about Scott’s Liquid Gold Cleaner and Preservative. At least for this wood, Liquid Gold had created a scratch resistant surface. How I found out: I had used Liquid Gold on only half of the table the week prior (before and after photos). When I began sanding the table by hand, rather than sander it was quite responsive to the sand paper on the half that did not have Liquid Gold. When I got to the other half which had Liquid Gold, the sand paper hardly touched the table – I was in awe. After cleaning one half of the table with Liquid Gold, it had moisturized it enough to become scratch-resistant. I did eventually sand that half of the table, but my arm was very tired!

Enjoy the rest of regular season and Happy Holidays from everyone at Scott’s Liquid Gold!

This post and project were created by our Intern, Amber Lesser. Amber is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado. Thanks Amber!

Have a Picnic!

Does your company host an event in the summer or at the holidays?  For many years we had a huge party at the holidays and a summer bar-be-que. Due to a challenging economy, we stopped having company sponsored events a few years ago. That was, until this summer.

We decided to have a family picnic at a local park.  We played games, had a nice buffet of picnic-style food and some light entertainment.  It was great.  The evening was a bit windy but it didn’t rain and it was not 100 degrees. We all had a great time and we learned a few new things about one another. We also learned that we are more important to each other than we realized.

As a company, we learned some important lessons, too.  It is not enough to simply provide benefits and a paycheck.  It is also important to have some fun.  Have you ever heard the expression, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?” Well, we had become a dull work place.

We also learned that, it is important to know each other personally, not just professionally. This helps to people to want to work together as a team.  No one wants to let a friend down.  And that’s what we have become, friends again.

Finally, we learned that simple plans are often the best.  This is true for all companies, large and small. Have a potluck!  An event doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive to be fun.  The most important thing is to make everyone feel welcome.  Don’t forget to include the children, grandchildren and spouses!  The more, the merrier!

We have an amazing group of employees and the summer picnic began as small way of saying “Thanks” for a good well done.  In the end, we were all reminded that the workplace is a family and families need to have fun and celebrate together. We will have more parties and picnics. We shared a beautiful Colorado evening with our families and friends. What more could we have asked?

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!

Celebrating 60 Golden Years!

Jerry Goldstein is still watching over Liquid Gold

Hello friends! It has been some time since we have posted on the Scott’s Liquid Gold blog. The last few months have been very busy and very exciting. We have been preparing for 2011, a year full of Golden events and opportunities.

On April 4, 2011, Scott’s Liquid Gold proudly celebrated 60 years in business! Coincidentally, it was also the 55th birthday of our President and CEO, Mark Goldstein. If that were not enough, it was also Scott’s Liquid Gold Day in the City and County of Denver! We had all the makings for a very special triple celebration. As a small American manufacturer, these are amazing milestones for the company and its 65 employees.

To celebrate this important day, we had a party for all our employees, family members, vendors, suppliers and service providers. Liquid Gold was founded in 1951, so it seemed only fitting to have a 1950’s Diner theme as our backdrop. The DJ played lots of “Oldies but Goodies” while guests enjoyed little vintage bottles of Coca-Cola and Silver Dollar hamburgers. To add a little flair, some of our employees even dressed in saddle shoes and poodle skirts.

Heidi and Jo-Ann bring the 50's to life!

In 1951, Ida Goldstein, a widow with three sons bought the formula for Scott’s Liquid Gold. She paid $350 ( a $15 deposit) to buy Liquid Gold as a small business for her sons. Oldest son Jerry, took the reins and lead the company for nearly 50 years. As Mark Goldstein (Jerry’s son) said, “Even though my dad is gone, we are still a family company. Everyone here is a member of my family.”

Cindy and Sheila, two of our best employees

A staple in American homes for more than three generations, there is a good chance you have a can of Scott’s Liquid Gold under your kitchen sink. Happy 60th Anniversary to Scott’s Liquid Gold!

Grandma's Hutch

hutch_oneI was born and raised in Denver, Colorado- birthplace of Scott’s Liquid Gold. For those of us born in Denver and over 40, Liquid Gold is an institution. As a child growing up, my mother always had a can under the kitchen sink.

Now, no one would say cleaning is fun but I do have  especially fond memories of using Scott’s Liquid Gold to dust my grandma’s hutch.  Dusting the hutch meant we were having a family dinner. At times I was dusting to get ready for the upcoming holidays. Other times I was dusting for a special birthday dinner or anniversary. My father will be 80 in a few weeks. Time to get out the Scott’s Liquid Gold; it’s time to dust the hutch.