What is the Best Way to Clean a Waxed Piece of Furniture?

“What is the Best Way to Clean a Waxed Piece of Furniture painted with Annie Sloan” We just received this question from a customer named Lorraine. Caring for your chalk painted piece that was sealed with wax is important to know since you do NOT want to use Endust or Pledge!

The Purple Painted Lady’s response was:

Did you paint it or did you purchase it from someone? What was the top coat that was used on the piece? That will be needed to really guide you. I am going to go out on a limb and “assume” since it was painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan that it was sealed with Annie’s Clear Wax. So, if it was waxed – Here is some info for you:

Your newly finished painted piece needs about 10 to 21 days for the top coat to cure. Wax may only take about 8 days depending on where you are located. Please treat it with care and avoid excess handling during this time.

To clean your painted & waxed piece, use a mild soap & water. Never use a degreaser soap that can effect the wax. On other top coats- still use a gentle cleaner. Method is a brand that is safe.

Avoid all contact with furniture polish, sprays, excessive water, alcohol and anything acidic.

Be cautious of using essential oils, diffusers or aerosol products like hair spray near your painted and waxed pieces.

Sometimes- depending on how dirty it has become- I will wipe the surface down with clean water, let dry and then apply a fresh coat of Annie’s Clear Wax. Annie’s Clear Wax works like magic and can remove crayon and even a Sharpie marker as long as a good base of Clear Wax was applied originally.

If this is a table or desk – use a blotter pad to avoid pressing into a finished piece when writing on top of it. And always use placemats or coasters to protect from hot dishes or cups or glasses that perspire due to heat or humidity.



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