Spring is creeping up on us. That means it’s time to think about the tedious task of spring-cleaning. But hold on – the latest buzz makes your spring cleaning less tedious when using eco-friendly beeswax on your furniture. It’s a not only a first step to a squeaky-clean house, but an environmentally friendly one. And, it makes your wooden furniture seem happier and literally glitter and shine with joy.
While the beeswax buzz is relatively new, artifacts taken from Egyptian tombs remain still pliable because the oxidation of beeswax is so slow as to be negligible. Beeswax has washed ashore from wrecks and been long buried on ocean beaches and then reclaimed, none the worse for wear. Dating back to their arrival in America, bees have affected people with this remarkable contribution in preserving and beautifying wood. To true wood craftsmen, bees have served as contributor and as a unifying concept. And now, in a new eco-economy, bees are providing glitter, glamour and grit and affecting numerous wood crafting industries. The eco benefit is, in part, because it is pollution-free, biodegradable, and renewable. Concern for the environment has nudged some away from synthetic polish products, making the use of beeswax a natural choice. Only a cloistered few consumers, or even wood working professionals, know little about a product so useful today yet based on ancient, century’s old natural ingredient recipes.
What woodworkers and consumers have found is that beeswax polish revives and enriches the natural gloss on all wood furniture, creating a deep rich sheen. It is a wax polish especially suitable for period oak and mahogany and even a deeper, warmer color for light colored furniture. Even with random dusting or buffing, chances of potential and damaging wax build up is minimal. The beeswax polish preserves wood, builds a hard protective finish and revives tired, distressed wood
Gene Ruelle is a professional antique restoration expert residing in Tyler, Texas. He has also manufactured beeswax polish since 1987. The combination of restorative skills and his own scientifically developed beeswax to polish antique furniture have moved him to a local, Tyler, Texas celebrity status. In addition to his small beeswax manufacturing business and restoration of antique furniture, he rescued and refinished the banister and handrail on the staircase of the area’s historic Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House. He also restored a 19-foot long Victorian bookcase once owned by President Grover Cleveland and recently restored two doors -- one from the 1700s and the other from the 1980s. One of his retail customers for his beeswax polish is Tiffany and Company which uses it as the service wax for the Frank Gherry line of jewelry which incorporates wood. They also sell it to Boy Scouts of America, which uses it for its pinewood derby cars and it is the recommended product and is sold online and in the retail outlets of Crate and Barrel.
Ruelle said beeswax brings antiques, wood cabinets, leather and fine furniture to life. It has been used for centuries to preserve and protect heirlooms. His two brands are 100 percent biodegradable, non toxic, and contain no silicates or petroleum distillates.
Whether you’re a professional guru or one who simply admires masterful woodworking, the preservation and warm memories of wood finish are the legacy of bees that have served us well.