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How often do you dust with furniture polish?

I use it every time I dust but I was talking to a lady that I work with and she only uses it about every six months because she says it builds up.  She uses a duster and dry dusts most of the time.  I've never noticed any build up so how often do you use furniture polish and do you notice any build up?  TIA.

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Re: How often do you dust with furniture polish?

  • She is correct. Any person I've ever talked with (in the sales or refinishing industries) regarding wood furniture care advises against using polish. Dusting can be done with a clean, damp cloth and wiped dry. Polish does create build-up and can damage a finish.
  • junojuno
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    I use a DIY beeswax furniture wax and buff to a shine once a year or so.  I use a lamb's wool duster or cloth to dust and rebuff the rest of the year.  A wax finish can build up if applied too often or too thickly and become sticky.  But a thin layer of wax will protect the finish.

    If you are using a commercial "polish" like Pledge or something, I don't think it will build up because it's not adding a protective layer of wax.  I don't think the commercial cleaners are particularly good for wood furniture or good for the wallet, so I don't use them.

    This article appears to have a good explanation of the differences: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/lessons/furniture-guide/wood-furnishings-care/?page=1

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  • I never do.  Hmmm, maybe I need to think about it for our dining table which is getting light scratches...
  • I've stopped using furniture polish because I heard it actually attracts dust.  When I was a kid I used to always use furniture polish to dust.  I really don't notice a difference either way but I'd rather not use polish since it's one less thing to buy.
  • I never use polish to dust my home furniture. Instead I simple use cloth with soap water for cleaning purpose. Sometimes I also use oil to polish the furniture but never use any chemicals for the purpose.
  • Try this type of furniture http://www.javateakoutdoorfurniture.com/products/loungers-recliners/, they need not to polish as they are made from teak wood and designs to lasts whatever seasons is.
  • I use Pledge probably about once a month - I actually find that the dust doesn't come back quite as quickly when I use it, but I'm too lazy to do it every week. My weekly routine is a good feather duster for bookshelves and a microfiber for flat surfaces. I absolutely LOVE my feather duster! 
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