To build up the finish, cover scratches or damages, and to obtain a more durable and long-lasting improvement than oil polish. Apply a hard furniture wax
with 0000 steel wool
using a few drops of water to help emulsify the wax, and apply it as thinly as possible, rubbing with the grain of the wood.When finished applying the wax, let it dry and harden for an hour or so, then wipe off all excess wax with a clean, unused dry steel wool pad. Complete the waxing by buffing with a clean pure cotton cloth
, an old tee shirt will work well, or cheesecloth.
Repeat the process and apply as many coats as you need to build up the finish on the furniture. Wax will not hurt anything, although it can dull a glossy finish.
Wax can be removed readily with mineral spirits or turpentine, which should be done if there is a grimy build up.