All interior Oil and Wax finishes are referred to as Service Finishes. This meaning that the furniture or millwork finished in either or both of these finishes requires a small amount of maintenance on a "regular" or "when required" basis depending on the amount of use and wear that the woods surface receives. The environmental conditions of the building or residence, i.e.: the heating and air conditioning systems, also effect how often the furniture or millwork will require the re-application of a Bees Wax-Oil finishing coat to continue protecting the wood surface. As neither of these finishes contains chemical plasticizers to permanently seal the woods fibres, the wood itself naturally "breathes" in the environment it is in. The care and maintenance procedure is very easy to do using O.W.N.A. Natural Bees Wax-Oil products.
The Rule of Thumb for knowing when to re-apply a coat of Bees Wax-Oil to your furniture is simple to remember:
WHEN THE WOOD LOOKS DRY- IT IS TIME TO RE-APPLY.
It is important to remember not to use solvent based cleaners to wipe down the wood surface as this will soften, or dissolve an Oil or Wax finish.
Care and Maintenance of Average to Low Wear Wood Surfaces.
Bedroom furniture, Book cases, Cabinetry, Chair frames, Credenzas, Entertainment units, Livingroom furniture, Shelving units, and Wood art, would be considered as average to low wear surfaces. For these items and those like them, a general dusting can be done using a clean cotton cloth lightly moistened with just enough water to tack up the dust. These wood surfaces may only need to have a fresh coat of Bees Wax-Oil applied twice a year or whenever the wood looks dry as it is usually the Heating and Air Conditioning systems in the building or residence that dries the wood out. It is recommended that a fresh coat of Bees Wax-Oil be applied to your furniture in the late Fall- before you close up your home and turn on the Heating system- and in the late Spring/ early Summer- before you close up your home and turn on th Air Conditioning system.