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TIP: Understanding Furniture Care Products

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TIP: Understanding Furniture Care Products

Making a decision which furniture care product to use or recommend can seem impossibly confusing if you listen to advertising or read labels. But if you separate the products into four categories for what they do, they are understandable, and you can make an intelligent choice. The four categories are clear, emulsion (milky white), silicone and wax. A few examples of each are shown, left to right, in the accompanying picture. Clear polishes are usually packaged in clear plastic containers and are based on petroleum distillates such as mineral spirits or, sometimes, citrus oils. They clean grease and remove wax,...

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Tip: When Finishes Craze from Body Sweat

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All finishes craze—that is, develop small cracks—as they age, especially if they are exposed to a lot of sunlight. But there’s another type of crazing, and it can happen much faster. This is crazing caused by body sweat. You commonly see crazing of this type around cabinet-door pulls and drawer handles, and on chair backs, arms and seats. The picture shown is a close-up from the crest rail of a chair. This crazing is caused by the acids in body sweat slowly breaking down the finish. The finish softens and becomes dirty as dirt sticks to it. In severe cases...

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