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I didn't own any solid wood furniture up until about five years ago, but since then I have acquired rather a lot, including three occasional tables, a dining table and a sideboard. That's a lot of wood.
When this furniture arrived it came with care instructions which included regular polishing with a beeswax polish to help nourish and protect the wood. I have used several polishes over the years including Lord Sheraton and a traditional tin of polish from a company who's name escapes me that is no longer manufactured.
When I spied Wheelers Natural Beeswax Furniture Polish I decided to give it a go. The company also produce a Furniture Cream which I have used too.
~~What it Claims to Do~~
Wheelers claim that their polish will cleanse, nourish and protect your wood. The polish contains natural beeswax with silk protein, lavender and camomile essential oils.
The bottle claims that the ingredients will also bring out "the beautiful shine of your woodwork"
The bottle, which retails at £3.99 in Homebase, contains 300 ml of product and refreshingly for a furniture polish, doesn't come in an aerosol. I appreciate the price is quite high but remember that this is a product designed for solid wood and as such isn't a general purpose furniture polish. The orange nozzle has a small white locking device which you turn left or right to open and leave in the middle under the nozzle handle to lock.
To use the bottle advises you to "use sparingly" and this is what I have done since I started using it. The bottle is clear so you can see the milky white polish inside and one thing I can say categorically is a little of this goes a long way. After spraying onto the surface you should work it in to the wood gently before buffing with a different cloth for a rich finish. Most of my furniture is oak and as such doesn't need to have a high finish shine but I have been impressed at how the Wheelers polish seems to add an element of lustre to the wood as well as lifting the dirt.
The only complaint I have about applying the polish is the need to apply a certain amount of elbow grease - first to polish, and then to buff. Other products I have used haven't required the buffing, thus saving on my poor arms.
I avoid silicone based polishes on all my solid wood furniture even though it does tend to produce a higher shine on wood purely because it isn't anywhere near as good for your furniture as a beeswax product is. It goes without saying that the Wheelers polish contains no silicone - in fact none of their range contains it. If you are used to using silicone based polishes you might be a little disappointed in the lack of a high shine finish when you use the Wheelers product but trust me - it's better for your wood.
Because you don't need to use a lot of this polish it does offer excellent value for money. I was somewhat spray happy with my Lord Sheraton product but when using a trigger spray I find it easier to judge how much product I need to clean the wood.
The thing I actually like about the Wheelers polish is probably the shallowest advantage it has over rivals such as Lord Sheraton and that's the smell. I really dislike an overpowering aroma in furniture polishes but up until I discovered the Wheelers product I was under the impression this was unavoidable. I can only conclude that the camomile and lavender essential oils are responsible for this having a far more pleasant and light aroma than its rivals.
I have always viewed my solid wood furniture to be an investment and hope to keep it for many years to come but I understand that it needs to be taken care of and as such requires a more specialised product than chipboard or MDF furniture. I have been delighted with the results the Wheelers product has produced along with finding a product I can easily use as sparingly as they request because I can see far better how much is coming out of the bottle.
The product does seem to be very gentle and unlike some polishes I don't find myself coughing and spluttering when I use it - and I've certainly not had any nasty reactions on the rare occasions it's come into contact with my skin. Having said all that, Wheelers do recommend that you handle the product with care and they also warn that you avoid any contact with upholstery and fabrics.
The polish doesn't have any of those gimmicky claims I see so often in other brands suggesting it will repel dust and keep your furniture cleaner for longer but I can certainly notice the results from the polishing and buffing for a good week after use.
If you have solid wood furniture then I highly recommend you try Wheelers Natural Beeswax furniture polish because it doesn't just clean your wood - it protects and nourishes it too leaving it clean and lustrous - if perhaps not super shiny.