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Video:How To Polish Wood Furniture

with Jennifer DeCristofano

Wood furniture can really add warmth to the home, but over time it may lose its luster. See how you can polish wood pieces to revitalize the richness of the finish.See Transcript

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Transcript:How To Polish Wood Furniture

Hi! I'm Jennifer DeCristofano for About.com Home.

Wood furniture can really add warmth to the home. However, over time the finish on these pieces of furniture may start to look dull or show light scratches allowing the finish to lose its luster. So today I'm going to show you how to polish up those wood pieces in your home so that the richness and fullness of the finish shines again.

Tools Needed to Polish Wood

For this task, you will need:
  • 2 soft polishing clothes
  • and
  • a bottle of wood furniture polishing spray

Making Homemade Polish

You may also choose to make your own polish by combining:
  • 1-cup of olive oil
  • with
  • a 1/2 cup of lemon juice
Mix these two ingredients together in a clean, new spray bottle before applying. Regardless of whether you use a pre-made polishing spray or a homemade polishing spray, first, remember to shake the bottle before each application.

Begin Spreading the Polish

Next, apply a small portion of the polish to your cleaning cloth. Evenly spread the polish over the furniture and remember to always polish wood surface by rubbing in the direction of the grain of the wood.

Buff the Furniture

Finally, with your other clean cloth, buff and polish the surface of the furniture until the surface of the finish is dry. Repeat this process until the entire piece of furniture is polished and you are satisfied with the results.

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