Tips for choosing a good and safe furniture polish
It is probably difficult today to find the person who often changes the furniture in their own housing: even if finances allow, home sets are always purchased for a single year. In particular, this applies to wooden and antique furniture, which, subject to good care, can even be passed on from generation to generation in the form of a family heirloom.
But, even using such tables, cabinets and walls infrequently, they will still require your attention and care: microcracks and small scratches appear even just from time to say, if your furniture often serves its intended purpose.
Especially for the care of such things, there are special household chemicals, namely polishes, which can significantly prolong life and improve the appearance of your favorite wall or table. In principle, the name of the tool itself directly reflects its purpose: it polishes the surface, and at the same time, the furniture acquires an even gloss and loses microcracks.
Substances that are part of such tools simply fill small cracks, as a result of which the structure of the material is restored and begins to look almost like new. However, among the variety of choice, it is very difficult not to get lost: how to choose a really good polish for furniture?
Active ingredients and composition
As a rule, choosing household chemicals, we rarely pay attention to the composition, and in vain, because it can tell you a lot. It is very important that the polish bought by you not only pleasantly smells and looks nice, but also corresponds to all the declared properties: it was easily applied, gave the treated surface a pleasant even gloss and masked small cracks.
At the same time, it is not uncommon for manufacturers to promise a water-repellent, shock-proof and anti-static effect after use (repelling dust). The main effect of such drugs is usually based on the action of several active substances, here are some of them.
- Wax. Perhaps one of the most common materials for high-quality polishing, can be used both in natural and synthetic form.Due to its structure, the wax copes well with the masking of microcracks, which instantly gives the furniture a more well-groomed and tidy look. Synthetic wax, in comparison with natural, is more accessible, nevertheless, in terms of care, it is not inferior, and even has a better consistency.
- Silicone. Like wax, it allows you to hide minor damage, and also gives the furniture the effect of a slight radiance. Unlike wax, does not demand addition of solvent, and also easily dries.
- Oils. Most often, linseed, lemon or almond is used, other vegetable oils can also be used.
- Solvents. If the polish works on the basis of wax, then, most likely, its composition will include a solvent, for example, white spirit or kerosene. Naturally, they cannot be called safe for human health, they negatively affect human health. By the way, silicone-based polishes usually do not require the addition of a solvent, but they also cope with contamination much worse.
- The most profitable are polishes based on fatty acid amides. Usually they are combined with silicone.These compounds are easily applied to the surface, have a fairly long-lasting effect, and also have water-repellent properties.
What are the?
Depending on the area of action and their influence on the surface, polishes are divided into several main types. The first is a composition for adding shine and eliminating scratches. Most often, the main active substance in them is wax, which is well retained on the surface and therefore the use of such compounds can be quite rare.
However, after using such polishes on the furniture fingerprints or other traces can appear rather quickly. The most popular wax polishes include Amway compounds, as well as Pronto - probably one of the most common brands in general among existing polishes. They do well with stains, scratches, can be used not only on wood, but also plastic, ceramics or marble.
The next look is polish with tinting effect. Usually they contain colored particles that visibly refresh the color of the furniture, as well as give the furniture a shine, have an antistatic effect.The most common representatives are Emsal brand polishes.
The third kind is the compositions for lacquered furniture, they are specially isolated in a separate group, because not all universal polishes can be used to treat such coatings. The most famous brands are Pronto, Luxus, Chirston, Emsal.
Can I cook it myself?
Those who are not very fond of household chemicals because of its not very useful composition, you can try to make a natural polish with your own hands. It will also smell good, act effectively and will not cause any harm to your health.
Make it simple enough. To do this, you will need seven tablespoons of flaxseed oil, two tablespoons of beeswax (pre-ground), as well as 10-13 drops of any essential oil, such as tea tree or lemon.
Wax should be melted on a steam bath, until the mixture hardens, gradually add the linseed oil, mix it, and then drip the essential oil. After the mixture has completely cooled down and gets a uniform color, the polish is ready. Apply to the surface with a clean cloth in a circular motion.
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