Cleaning and Waxing a Piece of Furniture

The very first stage of the waxing and polishing process is to decide on two things. First, is the piece in need of cleaning in order to see its real condition or does it just need waxing to bring its natural patina and lustre back to life.

Let’s assume that you have decided to clean your piece of old worn furniture.

Here’s how it’s done:

First take the Inca™Paste Wax and the Inca™”0000″Steel Wool and dab some of the wax onto the pad. Take the pad in the palm of your hand and keep your palm as flat as possible, Begin with a light circular sanding motion to rub the piece being cleaned. Take care not to rub too hard in one spot for too long! NEVER use your fingertips to hold the pad when you are rubbing. Before the wax dries, use the Inca™Polishing Cloth and wipe the area that you have rubbed.

(If the built up wax and dirt is very thick, a soft cotton rag that is slightly dampened with mineral turpentine can be used to wipe over the surface. This will remove years of dirt and wax. Then follow up with another clean cloth to pick up the softened old wax, grime and dirt).

Allow the surface to dry and then proceed to re-wax the surface.


Once again we take the Inca™Paste Wax and the inca™ Polishing Cloth, and rub in a small amount of wax using the circular motion, finishing with the grain. Keep rubbing the wax over the surface to make sure that it has spread in a thin even layer. The motto is “two thin layers are better than one thick layer,” then wait until the wax has dried. It will make a squeaking sound when you rub your finger on the surface. Do sections at a time and work all the surface legs, sides, tops and doors before you start to buff using a clean wax free cotton cloth. By cross grain buffing you will create a lovely lustre to the finished surface.