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How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 4

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 4

In this fourth episode in a series on the best way to clean and wax antique furniture, Greg from EuroLux Antiques shows you how to do a final buff in order to really make your antique furniture look great.

Antique Furniture: Clean & Wax First

In Part 1, Greg showed the best way to clean off the built up layers of dust and grime on the surface of antique furniture. In Part 2, he demonstrated how to apply furniture wax to your antique furniture using a brush.

Wax On, Wax Off

If you watched the movie, Karate Kid from 1984, you’ll remember that Mr. Miyagi used the “wax on, wax off” technique to train Daniel (Ralph Macchio) how to do karate. While building muscles is a good thing to do to get in shape, when it comes to buffing wax off antique furniture, there is a better way. Greg shows the best way to buff off wax┬áby using a brush attachment on a drill in Part 3.

Microfiber Cloths Work Best

You can find microfiber cloths in big packs at any hardware store, auto parts store, or even big box warehouse stores. Be sure to use clean ones for the final buff, which happens after you have already done a first buff. Microfiber cloths are soft and won’t scratch the surface of your antique furniture.

Two-Handed Technique Gets Job Done Fast

Greg prefers to use a two-handed approach that he perfected while working at a car wash in high school. He rubs the microfiber cloths quickly over the surface of the antique furniture, using a circular motion without much pressure. It is similar to buffing a pair of shoes – go lightly and quickly. You should really see your antique furniture start to shine!

In the last episode of this series, Greg will show you how to buff wax off antique furniture the old-fashioned way – without the drill attachment.

Please let us know if we can answer any questions for you about how to best care for your antique furniture!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 2

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 2

In this episode, Greg at EuroLuxAntiques continues to teach you the best way to clean and wax a piece of antique furniture.

Clean Antique Furniture with Howard Restor-A-Finish

Just to bring you up to date, in the first video of this series, Greg showed you how to use Howard Restor-A-Finish to remove the built-up layers of old wax, dirt, and grime on the surface of the piece. It is best to use a natural fiber brush attachment with a drill, but you can also use fine grade (0000 4x) steel wool.

Use Paste Wax to Protect Antique Furniture

Once you have cleaned your antique furniture, you should use a good quality paste wax in order to protect and enhance your antique furniture. A nice layer of wax protects the original finish against dust and sunlight, and helps to keep the moisture content of the wood stable. You only need to wax your antique furniture once per year, and otherwise just use a clean, barely damp cloth or a duster to remove the dust on a regular basis.

TLC Furniture Wax Works Great on Antiques

We’ve tried just about every paste wax out on the market, but we prefer TLC furniture wax for antique furniture. It comes in a variety of stains, but we prefer to use the neutral variety for light-colored wood and the mahogany color for all dark-colored pieces of antique furniture. While they do make brown and dark brown, we find that the mahogany gives a nice glow to the darker pieces.

Apply A Thin Layer of Paste Wax to Antique Furniture

We use a soft bristle brush to apply a thin layer of paste wax, but you can also put it on with fine grade (0000 4x) steel wool. Apply the wax in a light, circular motion, trying to go with the grain, so that you work the wax down into the grain of the wood on your antique furniture. Be careful to not to put too much on as it will make it much harder to buff off later.

Let Wax Dry, Even Overnight

You should begin to see a haze over your antique furniture where you have applied the paste wax. Now it is best to let the wax dry for a minimum of 30 minutes, but better is several hours, or even overnight.

Stay tuned for the next episode, as Greg will show you the best way to buff off the paste wax that you have applied to your antique furniture.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or subscribe to this blog!