HOW DO I MAKE THE BEST CHOICE?
Basically, it's all furniture polish so you can't go too far wrong! You needn't fear ruining your favourite piece by making the wrong choice- this won't happen, however, getting the best result will depend on realising what it is you want.
Personal preference for using oil or wax is part of the reason for the variations available. Some people like a scent, others not, some like the look and feel of a cream, a light polish, a harder-wearing surface etc.
Personally, I believe a wax offers the best finish and protection, however, oils are great for replenishing tired, dry timber and for those who simply can't spend time or energy buffing!
Use the following outline as a quick guide-
TO EASILY REJUVENATE FADED &OR AGED FURNITURE
USE A FURNITURE REVIVER or ORANGE OIL
TO QUICKLY CLEAN AND LIGHTLY POLISH
( poly-urethane varnishes, ceramic & whitegoods)
USE CLEAN & SHINE LIQUID WAX
TO EVEN OUT TONES & MASK IMPERFECTIONS
USE A TINTED REVIVER & TINTED BEESWAX POLISH
FOR INDIVIDUAL SCRATCHES IN OTHERWISE GOOD TIMBER
USE MATCHING SCRATCH COVER MARKER PEN
FOR A HARDER, GLOSSIER FINISH
(table tops and all general purpose)
USE PREMIUM BLEND POLISH
TO CLEAN OR PREPARE SURFACE WITHOUT STRIPPING
USE FURNITURE CLEANER
OR FOR TOTALLY SOLVENT FREE AND CHILDSAFE
USE HYPOALLERGENIC WAX
TO NOURISH & SHINE WITH FRAGRANCE
USE SCENTED CREAM POLISH
(perfect choice for all waxed surfaces- old & new)
TO CLEAN, MOISTURISE & SHINE LEATHER & VINYL
USE LEATHER & VINYL CONDITIONER
TO REPLACE OILS AND ENRICH WITH WARM NATURAL TONES
USE ORANGE OIL
TO CLEAN & REPLACE OILS WITHOUT COLOUR AND FOR WOODEN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
USE LEMON OIL
Also, the end result will depend upon the condition of the timber and how much elbow grease you want to expend! Some polishes may need more effort than others with buffing up- eg. when using Premium Blend an electric buffer will make your job easier, with the floor polish a buffer is a necessity!
*If silicone sprays have been used then it is important to first remove that build up before applying a wax or oil otherwise the surface can be tacky and not achieve a good shine. It is always wise in any case to clean thoroughly before with Furniture Cleaner and 0000 steel wool to get the best possible result for your effort!
USING YOUR WAX
NB When it comes to applying wax the rule is 'Less is More'
A common mistake is to apply too much wax or apply too often- this will result in a dull or even a sticky finish over time. A fresh film of wax should only be applied when it is no longer possible to revive the shine with buffing. A weekly polishing with a cloth should give back a gleam with wax being applied about once every six months or so depending on the amount of wear and tear the surface gets. Generally wax is applied as a small amount on a lint free type of cloth using a circular motion. This is simply to ensure all areas are covered without gaps and the wax is thinly and evenly distributed. You can then smooth off in the direction of the grain and leave to harden off for a few minutes. Buff with a clean dry soft cloth by hand or with a polisher until wax surface feels smooth and shiny. If still tacky then you've simply applied too much and will have to continue buffing until smooth. This is why it's essential to apply only a thin layer at a time. You can always build layers up but each film must be thinly applied.
Also a quick word about 'all in one' products- why have separate products when one can do all? Some brands will claim a polish will be good for timber and leather etc etc..but seriously these are completely different entities with different properties.. you want a hard protective finish on wood and a soft flexible finish for leather- trying to do both means one will be compromised and you won't be 100% happy.
We make separate products so each is more attuned to a specific need and therefore will give the best result.
Regards, Rob & Marianne