5 Natural Solutions to Polish Wood Surfaces

October 12, 2018
Because wood is so delicate, we need to be careful with the products we use to polish wood surfaces in order to prevent damage.

Although furniture and flooring comes in a wide variety of materials nowadays, wood continues to be a favorite among consumers worldwide. It adds an elegant and attractive touch that makes it preferred over other materials for use in spaces around the home. However, it takes a lot of work to keep it looking great because as it ages it tends to crack and lose its luster. And sometimes commercial products to polish wood surfaces can get expensive.

The good news is that there are several natural solutions that we can use to polish wood and restore its appearance and shine. Below, we’ll share some of the most effective remedies that you can start using around your home today.


1. Beeswax and turpentine to polish wood surfaces

Polishing a wooden floor

With this natural preparation you’ll be able to polish wood surfaces without spotting or changing the color.

It’s made with beeswax and turpentine, two ingredients with an oily texture that leaves wood surfaces smooth and radiant.


  • ¼ cup beeswax
  • ¼ cup turpentine


  • Melt the beeswax using a water bath. Then, stir with a wooden spoon as it warms.
  • Once fully melted, remove from heat and slowly incorporate the turpentine.
  • Finally, store it in a closed container.
  • Optionally, you can add essential oils with pleasant scents to offset the strong smell of the turpentine.

How to use

  • Take a small amount and rub into wood flooring or furniture with a microfiber cloth.

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2. Olive oil and lemon solution

This polish with lemon and olive oil is the best solution for dark, worn furniture.

The natural oils shine surfaces and leave a protective coating to protect against dust. The lemon juice disinfects and cleans surfaces.


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice


  • For our purposes, we can use refined olive oil since we won’t be using it in our food or on our skin.
  • Mix both ingredients well.

How to use

  • Using a spray bottle, spray the solution on the surfaces you want to clean and use a microfiber or cotton cloth to polish wood surfaces in your home.

3. Petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly to polish wood surfaces

Petroleum jelly is a petroleum derivative with an oily texture that leaves dull furniture looking like it was freshly finished.

Combine it with a little bit of alcohol to remove grime and accumulated oils.


  • 3 tablespoons petroleum jelly
  • 2 tablespoons alcohol


  • Put the petroleum jelly in a container and then combine with a little alcohol.

How to use

  • Apply a thin layer to wood flooring or furniture and rub the wood surface with a clean cloth.

4. Almond oil and white vinegar polish

This homemade furniture polish is a great alternative to polish wood surfaces that have aged and to remove stubborn stains. It’s great for removing water marks left by drinking glasses and restoring the surface’s natural shine.


  • ¾ cup almond oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar

How to use

  • Apply the product to the wood and then rub vigorously with a soft cloth or rag.

5. Linseed oil

Linseed oil to polish wood surfaces

The combination of linseed oil and turpentine leaves wood looking like its brand new.

However, we must warn that it should be used with care as using too much can leave surfaces oily.

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  • ½ cup linseed oil
  • ¼ turpentine


  • Warm the linseed oil, add then the turpentine and mix well.

How to use

  • Take a couple tablespoons of polish and rub it onto wood with the help of a soft cloth.

Have you tried any of these homemade furniture polishes yet? You should try the one that most catches your attention to improve the appearance of all the wooden elements in your home.

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