Hi everyone! Today I have the second post in a series dealing with ways to clean and care for your precious vintage and antique belongings. One of my favorite products, Howards Feed-N-Wax, is my go to solution for dried out, lifeless old wood. It truly can perform miracles when it comes to wood that needs some hydration. The results, as you’ll see, can be pretty amazing.
I bought this pair of salad servers because they are each intricately carved from a single piece of wood. The handles are pretty nifty, aren’t they? But condition-wise they were as dry as a bone.
To the rescue comes my bottle of Howard Feed-N-Wax (I’m not an affiliate, just a loyal customer). I have a couple of dedicated rags that I use to apply Howards that are now so saturated with the stuff that I often don’t have to use any from the bottle. [This post contains affiliate links (below) for this product. If you buy it or any other product, I will receive compensation that goes toward supporting this blog. Thanks in advance!]
Ta da! The Howard’s nourished the wood and brought out the grain. An added benefit? Your treated pieces are much less like to split or crack from excessive dryness. [After the fact, it occurred to me that Howard’s is not food safe. Since I was thinking of these pieces as more decorative than functional, it hadn’t occurred to me, but mineral oil would have been a better choice for salad servers intended for actual use.]
Another example of dried out old wood.
Here you can see me using my wax-saturated cloth to rub in a squirt of Howard’s.
I left a dry patch so you could really see the difference.
Sometimes there are nooks and crannies that the Howard’s and your finger cannot get to.
I use a toothpick wrapped in the rag to reach those spots.
Looks so much better, doesn’t it?
These crusty old bells and dried out leather need a face-lift.
A rub down with some Howard’s makes both the leather and the bells look healthier (and yes, it removed the dog hair as well!). It would also works well on other metal items, but mineral oil works just as well and is much cheaper.
While this vintage bowl has a certain elegance, despite its dried out surface, I decided I wanted to revive the wood and bring it back to life.
I purchased it shortly before Christmas at an estate sale and ater treating it with Howards,
I filled it with pine cones and a berry garland for Christmas. It was one of my favorite decorations this year and lasted well into January because it worked for the holidays as well as for the winter season generally.
So if you find a wooden “something” while out vintage shopping, and it looks a little tired and worn, remember that a little Howard Feed-N-Wax can solve a lot of problems.
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