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What is the best wax or polish to use on antique wood furniture?

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The best wax or polish for antique furniture is a solid, non-liquid wax that contains no oils. However, where antiques are concerned, collectors prefer the original finish be left alone.

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Wax provides a protective finish that resists stains and can be more easily removed. Oils expand the woods grain and oxidize, which can turn the wood black. Oils are an additive in many liquid oil products, such as Murphy Oil Soap. Solid waxes containing bee's wax, such as past wax, butcher's wax, or French polish, are recommended. If the antique has had the finish removed or has been oiled or stained, a professional restoration is an option that may increase the antique's value.

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