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Gloss Up: Bring Back the Luster in Your Tired Looking Furniture

We have ZERO affiliation with this company and are not receiving a single thing for this article. This company doesn't even know we exist! We are simply sharing information about this product because we LOVE it and want to help others who are looking for a good furniture polish.

If you’re looking for a wood furniture polish that actually works and saves time, we’ve got just the thing! It’s Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish & Conditioner, and it’s so good! Here at Champagne & Stars Event Decor we're constantly refinishing vintage furniture for our rental collection. This polish has been a game changer because it has saved us from having to refinish a lot of pieces and instead has allowed us to easily restore them. We absolutely love it!

Side note: The terms refinishing and restoring are often used interchangeably, but they’re not quite the same. Refinishing means stripping off the old finish via chemical stripper and/or sanding and coating with something new like stain or paint. Restoring means giving it a good cleaning, making minor repairs, and using a good polish to bring it back to life. Simply put, refinishing = changing, while restoring = reviving.

Howard Feed-N-Wax

What's In It?

According to the website and the bottle, Howard Feed-N-Wax contains beeswax, carnauba wax, orange oil, and some other stuff that nourishes wood. Here is the complete list of ingredients.

What's It Smell Like and Feel Like?

It actually smells really good! There are notes of citrus and honey, which create a subtle, sweet smell. Must be the orange oil and beeswax! The consistency is very soft and smooth. It squirts easily from the bottle, and we've never had any issues with it hardening inside the bottle during prolonged periods of sitting on the shelf unused.

How Do You Use It?

What we like to do is thoroughly wipe down a piece with a degreasing cleaner then dry it off with a lint-free cloth. Next, take the Howard Feed-N-Wax and apply it to a microfiber cloth (sometimes we use old t-shirt scraps) and rub it all over the piece. We use a generous amount of this stuff to ensure full coverage. Rub it into the wood really well, concentrating on parts that need a little TLC, and let it sit. The directions on the bottle say leave it on for 20 minutes and then buff out with a soft cloth, but we often let it sit for a few hours to ensure it penetrates into the wood. Sometimes we even repeat the process on certain pieces that could use a little extra help.

What Does It Do?

This polish works wonders on furniture that has minor scuffs and blemishes. It works really well at treating and masking imperfections to the point where they aren’t really noticeable. Rather than having to refinish a piece because of small flaws, the polish has made it possible to virtually remove these scuffs and discolorations, while also restoring the beauty of the wood grain and adding luster.

It's NOT going to remove deep gouges or major imperfections on furniture. It’s a polish, not a miracle in a bottle. Furniture that has a lot of damage needs more than just polish. You might have to repair those pieces by combining a little refinishing and restoring. But, when you’re finished, use this polish to give the wood a little nourishment and shine!

Furniture restored with Howard Feed-N-Wax
Before and after using Howard Feed-N-Wax

It's Worth Trying

Maybe you have a piece of furniture that’s tired and faded. Rather than going right to stripping and sanding as a first resort, try using Howard Feed-N-Wax to bring that tired piece of furniture back to life. We’ve found that it works really well at removing minor scratches and imperfections, while evening out finish and adding luster. It saves us a lot of time because we don’t always have to refinish furniture. We can use this polish and quickly add a piece to our rental collection. Give it a shot!

Read more about it here on their website. It's available at Home Depot, Lowe's and other stores that sell home improvement products. It's also available on Amazon.

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