Vintage furniture finds are full of charm, but all that tradition and workmanship comes at a cost. Pre-plastic-era furniture uses wood-on-wood glider systems that can easily fall prey to the perils of age. Normal wear and tear can cause those drawer glides to get off-kilter, rendering the drawer nearly useless and quite possibly trapping your prized possessions inside.
The fix: Real Milk Paint Clear Carnauba Wax.
Why You Need to Treat Your Wood Drawers
Wood doesn’t have a lot of natural lubrication, which is why it can be hard to open some wooden drawers. This is especially true in the summer. Warm, humid summer air can cause wood to swell slightly, which is why you might notice more friction and have a harder time opening your drawers. It’s important to treat your drawers so they move smoothly year-round.
Our Carnauba Wax is actually a mix of two waxes: carnauba and beeswax. Carnauba wax is one of the hardest waxes on the market. Using it on your drawer tracks helps the gliding action without creating a sticky mess or affecting the wood itself. Beeswax is much softer and can be sticky when applied on its own, but it supplies much-needed lubrication. Combined in the right proportions, the two waxes make magic.
Carnauba Wax works so well you can actually hear the difference — an untreated drawer rattles and shakes as you pull it out, while a drawer treated with carnauba wax is quiet as a whisper. You’ll also reap the benefit of added protection. Apply the wax to your wood furniture and the wax will dry hard, safeguarding your piece against dings, scrapes, and scratches, improving durability and longevity.
The process is simple:
- Pull out the drawer that’s sticking all the way out.
- Using a clean cloth, apply a thin layer of wax to the glide tracks on the drawer itself as well as inside the dresser.
- Allow the wax to dry.
- Buff the drawer glides with a cloth or stiff brush to remove excess and ensure even, thorough application and absorption*.
*This is a surprisingly crucial step. Too much wax on the drawer glides will leave a tacky residue. Once dry, that residue will make your sticky drawer even more immobile than it was before you applied the wax.
When in doubt, go for light layers of wax and reapply as needed — it’s always easier to add more wax than it is to remove accidental buildup.
Over time, the wax slowly wears away and gets absorbed into the wood, though regular reapplications can help create a more permanent solution. That means you will need to reapply the wax after a period of time.
Rarely touched nightstands in your guest room may require infrequent attention, while the drawers in your kitchen island need some TLC often. Listen for the scritch-scratch of wax-less wood and be on the lookout for drawers that resist your efforts to open them and you’ll know it’s time to get out your Real Milk Paint Carnauba Wax and get to work.