How to care for Waxed Antique Furniture
Now that you own this beautiful piece of furniture, how do you keep it looking like the day it was delivered? First rule: use only a dry, clean, cotton cloth for routine dusting and removing fingerprints. Spills must be wiped up as soon as possible to avoid staining. Never use oils or products that are not made for French furniture. Also, never use a damp cloth or sponge unless you have a dry cloth to wipe the furniture dry.
Eventually, it may become necessary to wax your furniture. We recommend using a bees wax product such as Dugay or Lakeone. Apply the wax in the direction of the grain (this is usually with the length of the board) with a small, tightly folded cotton rag. Apply sparingly and be sure to remove all streaks and globs and heavy areas of wax. Let the wax dry for about two hours before buffing with a shoe brush first and then a cotton rag.
During normal use, things can happen and white spots can appear. This is just moisture trapped under the wax. Try applying a fresh layer of wax to the area. In a circular motion, rub fresh wax over the spot until the wax starts to shine. Finish by rubbing in the direction of the grain. This should bring the finish back to its original appearance.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to remove all the old wax and start over again. This is done by applying odorless mineral spirits to a rag and wiping all the old finish off. Let dry for about two hours and rewax.