Polishing adds a protective layer and finish to your real wood furniture, floor, staircase or anything else. It also helps repel stains and spillages, scratches and scuffing while minimising the potentially harmful effects of wear and tear in areas of heavy footfall.
Equally, a polish can rejuvenate older timber products by soaking in to the surface to fill up any micro scratches and evening out and smoothing the finish to enhance the look of the wood. And if there are any faded or dull areas, the polish can also restore shine to these.
Why you need specialist products
Because wood is quite porous, not to mention rather delicate, you need specialist products to clean or polish it. With low-maintenance products such as MDF, you can just wipe them down. But, unfortunately, that’s not the case with top-notch wood.
However, if you have run out of proper wood polish, or are simply looking to save money on this product, here are a couple of possible home-made solutions.
Try the beer remedy!
Flat beer can make a surprisingly effective wood polisher. Just dab a little on to a soft, non-abrasive cloth and rub in to your wood. You should get a shiny, rejuvenated surface – just don’t go overboard with this stuff. Too much of it could make your surface a bit sticky or smelly.
Try this home-made alternative
Here’s another idea. Grab some vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix together equal parts distilled white vinegar and top-quality olive oil. Then add half the same amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice. The vinegar deodorises and disinfects, while the olive oil conditions the wood for added shine. Meanwhile, the lemon juice adds a pleasant scent, plus it’s great at shifting stains.
Apply with a spray bottle or a cloth. Rub in the direction of the grain until the wood is clean and you have the polish you want.
Taking care of your real wood
If you feel somewhat nervous of polishing your timber yourself, we understand. Royal Stone Care is a specialist in wood repair and restoration in London, covering homes and businesses. We appreciate that the appearance of wood can affect a whole room’s overall look and feel, and how potentially vulnerable to damage this stuff can be.
So give us a call today – talk to us before you talk to anyone else.