When To Polish

Polish protects the finish on wood furniture, just as the finish protects the wood underneath. However, for a polish to be effective it should only be applied when necessary. Polishing too frequently causes furniture to become foggy, and creates a build up of waxy layers that attracts dust and dirt. This accumulation of dirt and grime can eventually damage the finish you are trying to protect. Not polishing often enough, or ineffective polishing also leaves the finish vulnerable to damage, by not providing enough protection. Knowing when to polish is fairly easy to determine. If the finish can no longer be buffed to a shine, no matter how much elbow grease you use, it's time to polish. The lack of sheen indicates that the wax has worn off, and it's time for a new coat. Before you polish, inspect your furniture to make sure the finish is in good repair. A finish that is nicked or flaking off could be further damaged by the rubbing that is necessary to apply a good coat of polish. Make necessary repairs to the finish before applying a wax polish. On areas that receive a lot of wear such as tabletops and the arms of chairs, polishing is usually needed every three to four months. On areas that receive very little wear and tear, such as the legs of tables and chairs, it may only be necessary once a year. Knowing when to polish will keep your fine wood furniture lustrous and shiny, while providing the finish with protection from damage caused by accidents and the elements.

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