I have a leather corner sofa in my front room and it is my favourite piece of furniture. Obviously I want it to last a long time and therefore I look after it very well. I have two dogs who are allowed on the sofa as they wish (although more often than not they choose the floor) so occasionally my sofa gets muddy paw prints and the odd scuff mark on it. While browsing my local Tesco's store for a product to protect my sofa, I came across Lord Sheraton Leather Balsam.
Lord Sheraton Leather Balsam
Lord Sheraton Leather Balsam claims to be 'the easy way to protect and enhance the natural beauty of leather'. It contains pure refined beeswax and has a rich emollient base which makes it very easy to spread across leather items. This leather balsam cleans as it polishes, and claims to restore dull leather and ensure it has a deep lustrous sheen with long lasting protection. This product can be used on leather items such as handbags, shoes, luggage and all other leather items.
For a 75ml tub, this product costs £2.15 from Tesco's which I think is pretty good value for money considering I have had the same tub for about a year and I clean my sofa with this about once a month.
This product comes in a small glass tub which comes enclosed in cardboard outer packaging. The tub and out packaging both have Lord Sheraton written on them. The tub has a screw off lid which is easy to open and ensures the product inside stays nice and moist.
The balsam itself is bright white in colour and has an odd texture. The texture is moist and almost jelly like. Having said that, the balsam spreads really easily onto leather surfaces so don't be fooled by the rather sturdy texture!
Using The Product
As I already mentioned, I do think that maybe I am a little obsessed with taking care of my sofa. When using this product, I firstly rub brown shoe polish all over the sofa to cover any scuff marks and make it look as good as new. Once the sofa is covered it this, I then apply the leather balsam. I apply the shoe polish with an old duster and then use the same duster to apply the leather balsam. I dip the edge of the duster into the balsam and then rub it into the sofa in circular motions. I find that this product blends in really well to the sofa and doesn't leave any residue behind, just a lovely sheen. Part of my sofa (such as the arms and base) are textured leather and has slight bumps on it which means that sometimes this product needs a bit more working in. For example, the whiteness of this product can still be seen on the textured areas of the sofa so I have to rub the product it a little harder and for a little longer but it still rubs in with no problems.
The strange thing about this balsam is that you would expect it to leave the sofa a little wet and sticky but it doesn't at all. Basically this product creates a layer of protectant that sits over the top of your sofa and protects it from general wear and tear and then it just slowly wears away over time.
I would highly recommend this product. I think £2.15 is a very small price to pay to ensure your leather items are always fully protected. The product itself is very easy to apply and gives exceptional results. Another thing I particularly like about this product is that it smells divine - like marzipan and leaves the sofa and front room smelling like this after I have used it. I believe that this product lives up to all it claims and certainly makes my sofa look as good as new after I have used it.
Until moving into my new home, I've never been particularly house proud. I never had a house I oculd particularly proud of - no matter how much I cleaned the old one, it never looked anything other than what it was - a slightly dilapidated 1930's council house on a rather rough estate.
However, the new house is stunning, at least in my eyes, and one of my favourite features are some very lovely wood laminate floors, which are an absolute doddle to keep clean, but do need 'feeding' every now and again to keep them looking their best, and also protecting against the rather harsh chemicals you'll find in most cleaning products.
I've always been a great believer that it's the old fashioned products that work the best, so when I saw Lord Sheratons, in it's little glass pot and it's little presentation box, it caught my eye immediately. The box states that it 'Cleans, Revives, Polishes, and Protects' and also mentions that it contains real beeswax, along with cold linseed oil an pine turpentine, which help to give it a 'buttery consistency'. I paid £3 for my little jar in the corner shop.
Well, I keep my butter in the fridge, so it's always rock hard, but this balsam is actually quite light and fluffy, almost mousse like. It has a really rich scent, beeswax definitely, but also something slight citrusy. It rubs into the floor easily with a soft duster, and with a little buffing up the floor takes on a nice sheen which highlights the natural colours and the pattern of the grain. As well as sinking in and nourishing the wood, it also provides a layer of protection against minor scratches, and against other harsher chemicals that might strip the wood. I found that the floors looked really good for a few weeks, then started to dull again as my normal cleaners stripped out the wax.
I found the one pot actually gave me enough product to do my living room and my hall. Whilst that might not seem like a lot of use, this product is perhaps intended for furniture rather than floors, given the size of the pot. However, at the time of buying it was the only product that struck me as suitable to use in the shop, and I was having friends round later, hence the decision to buy it.
And I have no regrets. It works really well, and my house had a pleasant beeswax smell for days. I would certainly buy it again for use on wooden furniture items, but have now switched to using a dedicated wooden floor liquid wax, and have switched to a dry dust mop rather than wet mopping (which buffs at the same time without adding in harsh chemicals) as a friend who is a professional cleaner advised me this was the best way to care for floors which aren't surface sealed.
Overall, I would certainly recommend this for wooden furniture. It does a good job with wooden floors too, but rubbing and buffing over a larger area becomes tedious, and there are products that can do this much more quickly and easily. Still, 4 stars!
I'm reviewing Lord Sheraton Pure Beeswax Balsam......which is actually a 'proper' furniture polish.
I think Sheraton were fine furniture makers back in the day,so this might be a product of that family or it could be a name simply chosen to evoke a vision of fine furniture.
It comes in a small screw-top glass jar containing 75mls of polish consisting of a mixture of beeswax,pine turpentine & linseed oil. The Jar is quite small,approx 5cms(2") high & 7cms in diameter.
I bought mine in Sainsbury's last year for £2.90 but on looking for a new jar recently it isn't on their shelves anymore,but is available on ebay at approx £3.50-£6 once you add on P&P.
First WHY I bought it.
Well I was offered a lovely TV unit by a relative & grabbed it because it was a perfect match for my own furniture which is what I term an awkward shade of pine.But unfortunately it had been stored in a garage & the top surface had suffered abuse from things being thrown on top of it. It was quite scarred & sorry looking. But I like a bit of a challenge,so we fetched it home & plonked it in my work room (otherwise known as the downstairs bathroom). It's a really big bathroom & I often use it for DIY projects. So the unit top was duly sanded & came up beautifully.....all the scarring & abuse removed till it looked like new wood.
So next I needed a polish & I knew it had to be proper beeswax/linseed oil type polish to nourish the bare wood & bring out the beautiful colour I desired.So when I spotted this in Sainsburys I was happy to avoid a trip to a specialist DIY store & I picked it up.
Using it. Easy as pie. I used a small piece of soft cloth 8"x8". Just dip the cloth into the jar and remove a good sized blob of the polish(it is a soft butter consistency & easy to work with),then simply spread it over the surface & gently 'massage' it into the wood . Once the whole surface is thoroughly covered you gently buff it all up with another cloth. The result is a lovely glowing wood,not shiny glittery gleaming,but a gentle glowing sheen ....beautiful.More satin than silk. I added a few more applications over the next few days ,just to make sure it was well absorbed.And in all honesty the unit looked like new in the end.Job done.
The downside of this polish/treatment is that it stinks to high heaven. Really REALLY badly .Bound to when you look at the ingredients really.....turpentine has a strong unpleasant smell & THAT is the over riding smell when using it. So you need to use it in a well ventilated room/garage. But bear in mind, mine was a project involving bare wood needing LOTS of this balsam applied. Were it used on furniture in a sitting room then MUCH less is needed & with ventilation the smell should evaporate . Well that's what I've found since I now use it sparingly on the wooden fire surround & sideboard in our living room occasionally ,as a treat for the wood. Def not for constant use,but more as an occasional top-up to re-nourish tired wood. Other than that basic dry dusting keeps it pristine.
So,in conclusion,if you need to treat new wood,or refresh old sanded down wood then this is ideal,fairly priced & leaves the wood glowing & healthy looking.
As a father of two young children, I've learned that there are two types of housework it's possible to do. The first type covers the futile damage limitation / reactive chores that include mopping up wee puddles from a potty training two year old who forgets to use the potty and prefers laminate flooring instead. The second type of housework includes dusting, hoovering underneath the couches etc - generally giving our home the attention it deserves but rarely gets due to the demands of the children.
I've realised that the 'proper' housework can only be done when the kids aren't in the house, and suspect that many parents will agree! One of the tasks I give myself is to use Lord Sheraton Beeswax Balsalm and treat all our woodwork - mainly because I hate cleaning the bathroom, but also because of the end result this product gives.
What does it do?
You'll notice that the word polish doesn't feature in the product's title. Think of the beeswax balsalm as more of a service and MOT for wood. Basically, the beeswax element is the main working ingredient of the balsalm and what it does is to fill up natural pores in wood which then protects it by preventing moisture from entering the wood's fibres. As the pores are blocked and no longer allow moisture in, bacteria can't survive which otherwise may rot the wood as bacteria require moisture for growth. This makes the wood last longer.
The other two ingredients are cold pressed linseed oil and pine turpentine - these serve a purpose too. Mixing beeswax with linseed oil will allow the oil to soak into the wood underneath the beeswax barrier on the surface, and linseed oil also repels moisture.
The turpentine is a natural substance which is extracted from the sapwood of pine trees, firs and conifers (cone producing trees). In this case, the pine turpentine acts as a thinner to the beeswax which allows for ease of application and a smooth consistency. Turpentine also has antisceptic qualities which can help destroy bacteria on surfaces, which is why it is used in many cleaning products.
All three of the ingredients are 100% natural and there are also no synthetic waxes added to the beeswax.
Depending on whether you are a polish jar half full or half empty type of person, the colour will either be american hotdog mustard or teeange zit yellow. This creamy yellow balsalm is best used on untreated wood by rubbing a small amount into the wood with a soft cloth - working with the grain, until the balslam has soaked in. A little does go a long way which is worth remembering when you first purchase a jar of this product as you may think that 75 ml's is a little on the small side. Ive found that the balsalm dries completely within 20 minutes and leaves an attractive deep shine on the wood, with a lingering smell that lets your nostrils know some serious cleaning has been done. It would be a good idea to dust prior to applying the balsalm, just to make sure that the balsalm gets as much coverage as possible.
Top tip - I have a wooden framed mirror which, once the balslam is applied, is left to dry before being re-hung on the wall. This prevents any greasy marks from the balslalm going onto your wall paper. (I learnt this the hard way!).
I would say that for wooden furniture, this balsalm is the equivalent of weekend health spa holiday where pampering is the key word and you recieve more treatments than a pet with worms. My wooden window ledges, shelves and frames look fantastic thanks to this product. It sells at around £2.20 in most supermarkets, and I can recommend it as money well spent for those wishing to give their housework the gold star standard. Thanks for reading.
Manufacturer's website: www.lordsheraton.co.uk
Before I begin my review of this product I thought I would acquaint you all with the challenge I face when cleaning wood in our cottage. The man who owned the place before us was a carpenter and we have a lot of handmade wooden items here including all the skirting boards, 10 solid wood doors, 2 sets of built in wardrobes with matching cupboards, a hand built kitchen complete with wooden settle, hand built wooden storage for coats shoes and umbrellas in the porch, bathroom cupboards and bath panel, shelves in the lounge, dining room and over every radiator, wooden panels over each window to fix the curtain rails to and a lovely hand built wooden staircase. So as you can see cleaning wood in this house is going to be a big job. Oh and for good measure you also need to factor in the log burner and the fact that the staircase leads straight off the lounge so everything gets dirty.
The other day I read a review by lel1969 about Lord Sheraton Pure Beeswax Balsam which is available for £2.10 from Tesco's. Since I had an order due from Tesco's I decided to add a pot of this balsam to the order and give it a go.
The 75g glass pot of balsam arrived in a bright yellow cardboard box with plenty of information about the product and how to use it. The product itself is a blend of pure refined beeswax, cold pressed linseed oil and pine turpentine which gives it a buttery consistency so that it is easy to work it into your wood.
The idea is that the balsam will clean the wood, protect it and restore it to give a 'lustrous sheen'. It is suitable for all wooden furniture including French polished, fine and antique.
The directions telling you how to use the balsam are on the box and again on the pot lid. All I had to do was to 'Apply sparingly along the grain with a soft cloth, gently rubbing the balsam into the wood'. I was to then polish the wood straight away and repeat as necessary.
It all sounded easy enough so I unscrewed the metal lid from the glass jar of balsam. The first thing that I noticed was a strong smell of pine which I found quite pleasant. The balsam was like butter both in colour and texture.
I got a small amount on my cloth and proceeded to apply it to my lounge door, polishing each panel as I cleaned. It certainly lifted out some dirt I can tell you! It was not more than I expected having the log burner; I find that I have to clean the windows more often than I used to as they get very dirty from the soot in the air.
When I had finished cleaning the door it looked lovely and clean and did indeed have a nice sheen on it. In fact from where I am sitting I can see the door in question with the sun shining on it and it looks beautiful.
I also cleaned the pantry door and then I took my little jar upstairs and started on the fitted wardrobes in our room. There are three sets of double doors so there's a lot of wood but I got stuck in having a pause to get my breath back between sets of doors. It was very tiring (but good exercise) as these doors fit from floor to ceiling but again the wood did look lovely when I had finished. Incidentally the smell remained for a short while after I had finished the cleaning but then dispersed quite quickly.
The problem that I have is that I still have a lot of wood to do and I have used about three quarters of my pot of balsam. Basing the estimate on what I have already completed I guess that I would need at least five jars to clean all the wood in the cottage so I think that I need to look for something that is available in larger sizes. Mind you whatever I end up using it will certainly keep me fit.
I would certainly recommend this product as the wood does look lovely after cleaning but it might be a bit expensive for me if I chose to clean all the wood here in the cottage!
I am sure we are all by now pretty aware of the important part bees play in the survival of the human race, from pollinating the plants we eat to the production of sweet honey and super cleaning products!! Yes cleaning products!
We have quite a lot of waxed oak furniture in our house and I had always been led to believe that the best way to look after waxed furniture was to regularly wipe over it with a soft dry cloth. It wasn't until we bought our latest piece of waxed furniture that the salesman explained to me that you should regularly wax and clean your furniture yourself. As he wasn't actually trying to sell me any cleaning products I listened attentively as he explained that cleaning and waxing your own furniture would in reality help to keep the wood looking its best, lift any dirt and restore that new furniture sheen, whilst helping to preserve the life span of the wood.
I am really quite proud of my oak furniture and had always thought it looked quite eye-catching, that was until I found Lord Sheraton's Pure Beeswax Balsam. Taking on board the advice of the very helpful salesman I went to Tesco to see what I could find and sitting proudly on the shelf looking very appealing was Lord Sheraton's Pure Beeswax Balsam presented in a little box with an open front revealing a cute dumpy little glass jar with metal screw top lid.
**A Bit About The Product**
The balsam itself contains pure refined beeswax, cold pressed linseed oil and pine turpentine. Due to the fact that the balsam has turpentine as an ingredient the box has quite a distressing warning on the side, with a big red cross informing us that turpentine is harmful, flammable and dangerous for the environment and should therefore be used carefully and as directed and once finished is should also be disposed of carefully.
Only a small amount of the balsam is needed at a time and using a clean soft cloth you should gradually rub the balsam along the grain of the wood and then immediately polish it with the cloth.
**Using The Balsam**
I must admit I was a bit wary about using this product, I think the big red cross on the side scared me a bit and I was terrified it would darken my furniture or kill it! I decided to test it first on a small hidden part of my sideboard, just in case. The test seemed to go well, I didn't really notice any difference in the look of the wood at all so I decided just to go for it. After removing all ornaments etc. from the sideboard, I gave it a quick wipe, just to remove any surface dust, which is normally all I do with my waxed furniture.
You are advised to wear gloves whilst using this product, but I hate wearing gloves to do housework so I just decided to be careful. When I first opened the jar I was surprised at how strongly the balsam smelled. It had a really strong pine fragrance, quite pleasant actually, a bit like something you would use to clear your sinuses if you had a bad cold. It has a dark creamy, yellowy colour and looks quite oily with a buttery looking texture. Obviously I didn't touch the balsam but once I placed some on the cloth I noticed it was quite thick and creamy. I slowly began to work my way across the top of my sideboard, taking care to make sure I rubbed the balsam along the grain and making sure I rubbed it in well and polished the area I had applied the balsam to as I went along. I couldn't believe the amount of dirt that was lifted from the top of the sideboard, it actually left me feeling quite ashamed! I went through numerous cloths as I cleaned my various pieces of furniture lifting an astonishing amount of dirt and grime!
It was quite hard work on my arms and it did take some time to do but it was certainly worth it.
I was very, very impressed with the results. The balsam didn't spoil the look of my wood at all, quite the opposite, it gave it a facelift, a new lease of life and restored it to its former glory. After using the balsam my furniture looks so clean, I hadn't actually appreciated just how dirty it was until I'd cleaned it. It left my wood with a lovely natural sheen again and a beautiful smell as well. On entering the room it actually smelled like that new furniture smell, so it not only made the wood look like new again, it also made it smell like new again.
The Lord Sheraton Pure Beeswax Balsam can be used on all types of wooden furniture from fine, antique, French polished to waxed and untreated.
I bought my balsam from Tesco at £2.10, which I feel is a really reasonable price, a small amount goes along way so I do expect it to last a while.
Other products within the Lord Sheraton range include Leather balsam, Leather Shine and Leather Wipes.
Made by Dylon you can find more information about their products at www.dylon.co.uk
Thanks for reading.
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