One of the questions that I get asked a fair bit is whether we sell furniture polish or include it with the purchase of our solid wood furniture. We don’t sell furniture polish or include it with purchases for the simple reason that you don’t need polish to properly clean and care for your furniture. Advertising has done a great job of convincing consumers that the only way to bring out the shine on their solid wood furniture is to use a furniture polish, and the more expensive the polish, the better it must be. However, polishes actually build a layer of film on top of the finish and will eventually make the stain look cloudy and dull. Other stores are happy to sell you the polish to boost their revenues, but we don’t want to sell you something that you don’t need and that will eventually make your furniture look drab.
The best way to care for your furniture is to use a spray bottle and spray a fine mist over the wood furniture and then use a microfibre cloth to wipe off the dust. The moisture keeps the wood from scratching and will not interfere with the finish. Dust sprays do more to attract dust so that you need to use them more often.
If you have used polish in the past and your furniture is looking dull, don’t worry, there is a solution. Instead of spraying water on the furniture, use rubbing alcohol instead. The rubbing alcohol will cut through the layers of polish without harming the original finish and restore the piece to its original shine.
Don’t be fooled the next time someone offers to sell you polish or include it as part of a “special”. Save your money and treat your furniture the right way instead.
** Never use Windex or other cleaners on your furniture as they will eat through the finish and ruin your furniture **