Caring for your Timber Furniture

Caring for your Timber Furniture

Are you confused about dusting vs. cleaning, or waxing vs. polishing wood furniture?

While experts have varying opinions on the care of wood furniture, it usually depends on the finish of the piece.


Don’t avoid dusting furniture. Frequent dusting removes airborne deposits that build up in a filmy layer and can scratch the surface.

Clean, dry, soft cloths or feather dusters will effectively remove dust; however, to avoid scattering the dust into the air, where it floats until landing back on furniture surfaces, dampen the cloth very slightly.

Any of the following will reward you with a beautiful finish:


Typically during manufacture, varnish, polyurethane, or shellac is applied to wood to protect the surface. Applying wax or polish protects the manufacturer’s finish and helps to reduce surface scratches.

Wax provides a hard finish and long-lasting protection, doesn’t smear, and is more durable than sprays or polishes.

Oil polishes, cleaners, and furniture oils protect wood by making the surface more slippery; they do not offer a hard protective layer.

Products that contain a high percentage of oil make the surface smear, showing fingerprints. Avoid polishing with pure olive oil, which smears and attracts dust.

Timber Wax

Use paste wax or liquid wax made specifically for furniture. Depending on use, paste wax finishes may last as long as two years. Liquid wax is easier to apply but leaves a thinner coating; it may need to be applied more frequently than paste wax.

Inca™ Timberwax Paste Wax Brown furniture polish is a hard wearing beeswax that is very simple to apply. It only needs to be applied every 4-6 months for long lasting protection. Unlike turpentine-based beeswax polishes of the past. Inca™ Timberwax Paste Wax Furniture Polish has an easy flow on application and makes buffing the excess wax off the surface easier than normal.

With the natural ingredient of EUCALYPTUS, Inca™ Timberwax offers a fresh, clean smell, as well as the aroma of Pure Australian native bees wax. Beeswax furniture polish feeds wood furniture in many different ways.

The natural oils in Inca™ Timberwax are drawn into the timber, which helps keep the wood moisturised.

Inca™ Timberwax Paste Wax Brown ensures that the timber receives a high quality ingredient necessary to preserve and enhance any wooden surface.

Inca Timberwax Paste Wax:

  • Leaves no smearing or fingermarks.
  • Never builds up
  • Is easy to apply and easy to buff
  • Comes in 3 colours. Natural, Brown & Black
  • Pleasantly Scented

Timberwax is the essential product that timber surfaces would not survive without.

Scratches and Minor Repairs

To treat deeper scratches that gouge into the wood, use wood filler or a coloured filler wax stick available at hardware and selected retail furniture stores. Match as closely as possible to the colour of your piece, applying in several thin layers rather than in one thick layer.

  • An excellent mini repair & touch up kit for fixing minor scratches, nicks, cracks and splits in timber furniture.
  • Maintain, clean and nourish timber furniture
  • This kit is designed for repair and care in one pack.
  • The furniture first aid and care kit comes in 3 colours: Light Brown, Medium Brown and Dark Brown

The kits come with the following items:

  • A scratch fix pen for touching up small nicks and scratches.
  • A wax putty brick for filling splits in the wood
  • Furniture wax for polishing the furniture after the repair or touch up has been done.
  • Pure cotton polishing cloth to use to apply and buff off the wax.


Adapted from the book, Making a Home (Meredith, 2001).

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