“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Furniture Polish / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
If there is one chore I hate more than ironing, it is polishing. I have tried (in vain) to get my kids to do it but no amount of bribery will get them to do it either. I do do it, I don't want people to think I live in a dust infested pit but I am not consciously checking for dust and polishing skirting boards etc. I will go on a cleaning spree every once in a while and polish everything to within an inch of its life, but this is a very few and far between pastime.
Due to my total distain for polishing, I refuse to pay a huge amount for a polish that you spray on then wipe off. I have often jut used a damp cloth to rid shelves and mantelpieces of dust. Basics always come to my rescue and at 31p for a can of furniture polish, it can't be worse than water can it?
The can is the usual white with orange stripe and orange writing, there is the general spiel on the back that no-one reads, ok maybe it's just me that doesn't read it. It has a scent to it but it is nothing to write home about, it doesn't smell like a summer meadow, just a basic polish which is fine by me. I do find on the outside of my TV the shine isn't all that it could be, it is better to use the damp cloth for the TV but for basic shelves and dining room table, a quick spray and a once over this polish does all you can expect it to.
This cannot be used to polish Mirrors or glass as it smears and makes it look worse than it did before you started. Even I buy proper glass cleaner for that task, I am happy with the way this polish tackles the dust and it buffs up well on many surfaces. The price is low yet the product does live up to a relatively high standard.
I try lots of different brands of polish to polish my wooden furniture, I do prefer the branded varieties to the shops own but I do like to save money when I have to buy extras at the supermarket. This brand I hadn't bought before to polish my furniture and so thought it was about time I tried it.
The polish comes housed in a can with a removable lid, it has a press down nozzle, the nozzle presses down easily too and the can is basic looking and just in the usual Basics colours. The can is tall and sits well on a surface. I find it doesn't tip over.
I just spray a small amount either directly onto my furniture or onto a duster, I find it does have a nice even mist when sprayed but it is a little heavier than a branded one and doesn't land quite as well onto the wood. It doesn't drip all over the place while spraying it and so that's a bonus that it isn't falling all over the furniture or floor etc. It does have a slight scent to it but not one that I find particularly very strong but it is pleasant enough though being such a cheap polish. It creates a white foam and is very easy to rub into the wood with no problems polishing.
It does clean quite well and I find it doesn't streak while using it or once it has dried and been buffed. It does leave the furniture with a nice shine to it and I am happy with the results it produces. It hasn't ruined any of my furniture but I haven't used it on my more expensive furniture because I prefer to use a branded one for this furniture and don't like to take chances of ruining it by using a cheap polish. It does take a little longer to rub into the wood to give a better shine than some other polish products, but I expected to rub for a little longer. If you are elderly or not very well I think this one may not be suitable because it does need elbow grease to give a good shine.
It does remove, stains, dirt and dust from my furniture well and left it in a good condition. My older furniture hasn't been ruined since using this polish. It is a good quality for the cheap price of just 31p for a 300ml can.
I have used it to clean my cycle wheels and it has cleaned them really well indeed and left them sparkling. Also cleaned the wheels of my grandchildren's cycles as I get to do that cleaning task when I do my own because they have cycles that they leave at my home.
I do recommend this polish, it cleans well and leave wood looking shiny and in a good condition and for the price it is worth it. I will buy it again because it is so cheap and a nice polish from Sainsbury's.
I rate it 5 stars.
After being very impressed with the Sainsbury's Basics Range floor cleaner, I have been less iffy about buying other cleaning products from the range - I do find that sometimes it is better to pay a bit more in order to get decent quality items.
However, I failed to see how you can really go wrong with furniture polish. I usually buy Pledge or Mr Sheen ie. big name brands, but I popped this basic polish into my shopping trolley as it was the bargain price of 35p (for 300ml). Most other brands normally retail for £1 or more.
The packaging is typical for the Basics range - a plain white tin with a white plastic lid and orange writing. It says on the tin 'Cleans - no added promises'. The back also says how it protects surfaces. What more do you want from a polish?
As with all polishes you can spray this directly onto surfaces or onto a cloth. When sprayed, it's clearer and slightly more liquid than creamier furniture polishes. It rubs into wood easily and I could definitely detect a sheen on my bedside table and drawers afterward. They also felt slightly coated, as if the polish had left a protective residue - it wasn't sticky and seemed to help the wood shine.
The smell is clean and fresh. It reminded me a bit of Imperial Leather soap. I polished my bedroom furniture around 5 hours ago and I can still smell it in my room.
When polishing mirrors, I did feel that it smeared a little more than other polishes but a bit of elbow grease to remove it was all it took.
The only thing I didn't like about this product was the lid. Most polishes don't have a lid. It's no hardship to take a lid on and off, of course, but it would just make it that wee bit more convenient without one. But it's only a minor quibble.
This would be cheap at twice or three times the price. Great cleaning power and a reason not to waste money on bigger name brands.
Review of Sainsbury's Basics Furniture Polish
I know many people have commented that they do not see the need for reviews on basic/value/budget products on sites such as this, but I disagree. I have read many such reviews and thanks to other people's experiences have switched to budget products that I may have otherwise discounted. Therefore I make no apologies for reviewing a product that costs a mere 30p!
I am reviewing Sainsbury's Basics Furniture Polish, a budget product aimed at the penny concious shopper. The furniture polish comes in a steel aerosol can with white plastic lid. The polish is operated by means of a push button spray. The polish is simply packaged, as are all items in the Sainsbury's basics range. The can is predominantly white with the familiar orange Sainsbury's Basics logo and product description in an orange coloured font. The strap line of the polish reads 'Cleans, no added promises '.
This polish is remarkable for the minuscule price that Sainsbury's charge. It smells fresh and clean, the scent is slightly lemony and not too clinical as some cleaning products can be. It is easy to use and leaves wooden furniture with a dust free finish and a good shine. I generally spray a little onto a duster to apply polish to most of my furniture, however for larger items, such as the dining table, I spray directly onto the surface and buff off. Either method produces a pleasing result with this polish. I have also used it for cleaning the glass front on our display cabinet, the steel and glass television stand, for mirrors and to clean the fronts of my kitchen appliances. Even our rather ancient fridge comes up a treat after a quick going over with this cheap polish. The polish does not require massive amounts of elbow grease either, which has to be a bonus in my opinion!
I wouldn't recommend the use of this polish or any other aerosol polish for that matter, on valuable or antique furniture, but for ordinary everyday items, this is hard to beat.
Sainsbury's list the ingredients on the reverse of the can along with a guide to use, company information and warnings. I won't replicate the ingredients here as they are basically meaningless to me, however the warnings are worth repeating!
Do not store in direct sunlight.
Do not spray near naked flames.
Use only as directed.
Do not pierce or burn can even after empty.
Store out of reach and sight of children.
Do not spray near eyes.
Sainsbury's also give details of their customer care line and advise that they are against animal testing.
~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~
As previously stated, this is a basic product, it is very cheap at 30p for a 300ml can. It is a simple, yet effective polish which does exactly what it says it will on the can, it cleans! The polish has a pleasant aroma, fresh and clean, without being too artificially floral, the scent lasts reasonably well too, leaving a gentle fragrance in the room.
My budget is on the tight side, so I do have to watch my pennies and I am more than happy to experiment with cheaper ranges. Many of the budget supermarket products I have tried are very good and this polish is no exception. I find it to be perfectly adequate for my cleaning needs and I see no point in spending more on branded products, if an 'own brand' item does the job just as well.
Now to contradict myself somewhat (!) I have to be honest and say that if money were no object, I would prefer not to purchase any aerosol products. Ideally, I would far rather use products in a different format, however for the meagre investment of 30p, Sainsbury's Basics Furniture Polish is well worth putting my principles aside for!
I would recommend this product to others.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle 1906 March 2010
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Sainsburys furniture polish Basics
Yet another amazing product from the Sainsburys Basics range, at a mere 30p it is a great furniture polish and i was suprised at the price.
The Package *********
Comes in a white can and contains 300ml of furniture polish. Apparently this product states that it is quality checked on the tin. Has the usual red writing on the tin, and has a cap that you pull off and push back on when not in use.
It smells clean and fresh, and i apply mine to my dusting cloth, then wipe my surfaces over that need to be polished. I thought that it did a good job, and as i use quite a bit of furniture polish i found it was really good value for my money.
Having tried it on a glass coffee table it did need a lot of elbow grease to get it off again, but on wood surfaces it cleans really good, and left that just polished smell in the whole of my flat.
It also states on this product that Sainsburys are against animal testing and that they do fund research into alternatives, which was a really pleasing thing to read on their tin of furniture polish.
Obviously with all flammable products, you must protect this can from direct sunlight, i have a cupboard in my new kitchen where i store all these kinds of cleaning materials, especially as having seven grandchildren, i never know where little fingers like to go to.
I only used a little of this furniture polish on a clean yellow duster and found that i didnt need to use much to clean all my wodden surfaces in the whole of my flat, and for the price it was really a good buy.
They give you a freephone telephone number on the can, incase you are having any problems the number is a Sainsburys Careline which is a great thing to know. But i dont think i will have to telephone them as i was really happy with their product and the price it was being sold for.
Does a great job and makes the whole of my flat smell nice.
Thanks for reading and ratinmg my reviews xx.
I, like most people, am being as careful with my money as possible and this involves looking at everything I am spending and trying to reduce costs wherever possible.
One area that I would not normally scrimp on would be cleaning products and toiletries but recently this is changing and when I noticed a price difference between this product and my normal brand of over £1.00 I couldn't resist giving this value polish a try and other value polishes at different stores.
The product is provided in a white aerosol can and is 300ml. It has a white lid and has the standard Sainsburys basic logo on it which shows that this is the bottom end of the price range (well, normally!). I used to be a brand snob but recently more and more people I know are beginning to downgrade their products and buy the cheaper priced products.
To use this aerosol you simply just remove the lid and spray the aerosol 20-30cm away from the surface that you want to polish. I generally spray the polish on to a duster or similar cloth and then dust the surface that needs it rather than leaving lots of residue all over my tables or computer desk.
The product is not overly scented but considering it is 30p it has a very good scent. I did find that the smell was very clean and just like my more expensive brand of polish and hovered in the air for a little while after use, although, not as long as the more expensive products but the cost saving more than makes up for that!
I would definitely recommend giving this product a try. As with all products like this I would advise giving the instructions a read beforehand so that you can be certain about what surfaces it can be used on and I would always advise testing a very small inconspicuous area a few hours before to make sure you aren't going to damage your priced possessions (if you have any!).
I have been very happy with the price and the fact that you are getting the same amount of product as most of the branded products for 1/4 of the price (or even better!). This cleans well, skirting boards, tables, shelving, most wooden things and it's also pretty good at removing grime, grease and marks from wood such as wet ring marks, scuffs and dirty marks. I am going to rate it 4/5 as although it doesn't smell quite as nice as my usual, more expensive, polish, it is a fantastic price and this is the reason that I will continue to buy basic or value products such as this.
I absolutely love cleaning! I know I'm a bit odd but I really, really do enjoy it! I only have to keep my bedroom clean and I buy all my own products to do this. I let my bedroom get messy after a week of being busy then at weekends I adore having a damn good clean and throw out and it takes me hours as I clean everywhere! Nothing is left untouched and I get really stuck in. Bliss!
I have quite a bit of wood in my bedroom, including my skirting boards, window sill and furniture. I do have all purpose cleaners etc but prefer a polish on wood to preserve it and make it shine and keep the dust off my bits and bobs for longer. Basically I will use anything that smells ok. One day I had run out of cleaning products and went to Sainsbury's to buy some new stuff. Oh the excitement!
Now usually I'd only buy the best products I can afford but cos I get through so many cleaning products I did wonder if I could make a saving and cut some corners. I spend so much cash in general it's unreal! My thoughts on it are if it's rubbish then I won't buy it again it's that simple but if it's good I could save about £4.00 a month at least on furniture polish as I get through about 4 bottles lol
A white recyclable long spray can with plastic push on/pull of lid with a white push spray button which makes this an aerosol. The orange writing on the front tells me it is Sainsbury's Basics, Furniture polish , cleans, no added promises. On the back I'm told how to use it, given warnings, contact details for Sainsbury's, then told a bit of what it's made of, the size (as I've stated already within my review) and a bar-code. Very simple packaging but it it is clear and concise. It's exactly as depicted in the review photograph.
Well the directions tell me to shake the can before using it and spray on to surfaces and wipe with a clean cloth or spray it onto said cloth and rub and that's basically how I use it lol
The smell is like any other furniture polish really. It is quite fresh and light and nice enough. Although I can't say exactly what the fragrance is it isn't of flowers or anything you'd recognise.
I use this mainly on wooden surfaces which is what this is designed for. I find spraying it too close to where I want to clean, I get a thick white liquid that is slightly foaming so it is important to shake it before using it and spray it at a bit of a distance to evenly distribute a fine mist.
Once on it's excellent. Easy to use and sprays out evenly and wipes off really easy. I find using a conventional yellow duster a bit difficult as the lint bits cling to the spray but then I have that problem with alot of furniture polishes in general so I prefer to use a clean dry dishcloth and that's why I have a huge stash of them on hand.
It works. Removes dust but more than that it removes tea stains and general grime. I have a habit of of smoking out of my bedroom window and dropping ash and tobacco on to my wooden window sill and it removes that easily as well and leaves the area shiny, sparkling and fresh smelling.
Another area I find this to be great is on my double glazed windows. Not the windows of course (do not use this on glass or mirrors it creates one hell of a smeary mess!) but on the plastic used sparingly it really does remove grease and grime (i.e kitchen window). I can wipe over anything really and it does no harm.
I also find the smell of this stays for a good hour or so after cleaning and that dust doesn't settle on it as quick as not using anything at all.
You do of course have to watch for smearing though it isn't greasy. You do need a little elbow grease and a keen eye to watch what your doing but again, I feel you have to watch out for that with any furniture polish, even expensive ones.
It's as good as leading brands apart from the packaging in my view. It's just no different and it really does work! It keeps my wood in good condition and my house smelling nice and I can't see the point anymore on paying more so I shall continue buying this!
32p per can only available in Sainsbury's.
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