Effective Polishing

The definition of polishing is to make smooth by rubbing, waxing and buffing. To polish effectively you must use the new coat of polish to both clean off any residual wax that remains, and apply a new coat that will merge the old with the new. Avoid building up layer upon layer of wax, since this will cause surfaces to become foggy. Instead, wait until the finish no longer shines when buffed. That means that there is very little residual wax left, and you need to apply a new, light coat of polish.

Whenever you are using furniture polish remember that most polishes contain caustic chemicals that can be harmful if inhaled or come in contact with the skin. Make sure the area you're working in is well ventilated, and always wear protective gloves. Before you begin, inspect your furniture to make sure the finish is in good repair. If there are any nicks or flakes, repair them before you begin. Whether you chose a spray, paste or liquid polish, apply according to package directions and rub with a clean, soft cloth folded several times. Rub in circular motions, and continue to fold the cloth as you buff until no residue remains on the cloth, and your furniture begins to shine. This may take some time and requires a lot of physical labor to apply properly. The better the wax, the harder the buffing, especially if you use a paste wax. However, the benefit of providing a protective layer to the finish, in addition to maintaining the luster and sheen on wood furniture is well worth the time spent.

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