Humans have been using wood to make various types of furniture since before recorded history began. Anthropologists have discovered examples of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Chinese furniture that proves these artisans possessed both the skills and imagination to turn trees into useful, beautiful objects. As cutting a tree down kills it, emphasis must be placed on preserving the wood once it has been crafted into its desired finished product. Although linseed and cedarwood oils were popular early protectants, it was beeswax that became one of the oldest and most well-known wood protectants in history. Dating back almost 800 years to the 14th century, beeswax had become a very popular wood polish, but it was quite a chore to use as it had to be applied with hot irons and then hand-buffed. Despite this drawback, beeswax remained the predominant form of wood polish until the late 18th century.

Though still used today, beeswax is more of a nostalgic throwback – rather than the industry norm – as carnauba waxes and various petrochemical compounds have supplanted it.    

Regardless of the century, wood furniture needs to be protected from the effects of aging, which includes cracking, staining, and drying out. That’s why the professional office cleaning services available through Eagle Building Maintenance and Janitorial Services (Eagle BMJ) means hiring a full-service cleaning service with the expertise  to use the right products for the job each and every time in order to keep your furniture and your entire facility looking its best!

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