Is Pledge OK to use on wood furniture?

carolyn53562December 13, 2006

I have read that Pledge contains silicon and that if you use it often that it will ruin the finish on wood furniture. Is that true? If it is, what products whould I use in place of pledge? I have a new saloom kitchen table which needs to be cleaned often because I don't use a table cloth on it--just place mats. Saloom says to just use mild soap and water, but that dulls the finish on the wood so I have been using Pledge to clean it after meals. Am I hurting my table? Thanks.

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Yep - Pledge should be banned IMHO!

I use a barely damp cloth on some things and lemon oil on others, following the manufacturers' directions.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2006 at 8:18AM
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Silicone does no harm to the finish, however, if you ever have to have it refinished it will wreak havoc. Finishing material will not adhere to silicone. There is no way to tell if silicone is present when one begins applying a new finish. What happens is craters appear all over the surface resembling
fisheyes (and that's what it is called). Try Guardsman polish,
the type that is mixed about 4:1 with water is very economical and does not build up or leave an oily film.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2006 at 11:44PM
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I sell Saloom, and I have it in my house. You don't have to use soap. Even dried up foods will loosen with warm water and gentle wiping. Try to get to spills sooner than later.

Pledge doesn't seem to work so well on newer furniture, we've stopped using it in our store for most items. I don't think you're hurting your table, but its just not necessary

    Bookmark   December 15, 2006 at 3:38PM
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We use liquid Gold on all the wood. My husband who likes antiques insists and I have to say the stuff looks better since we switched. Personally I don't care. but you've got to love a guy who loves antiques as I might be one.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2006 at 4:41PM
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If you ever use a paste wax on any of your furniture....liquid gold will turn it inot a dull, gummyt mess and you will have to remove all the wax with mineral spirits and start over again....
I like Weiman's.
Linda C

    Bookmark   December 15, 2006 at 11:30PM
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Thanks for the replies! I guess I'll just use water and see how it goes. After years of trying to keep water off of wood furniture, it's hard to get used to using it on wood finishes of today. Mogator, I have a question for you. My saloom table came with two small checks in it. They are small and don't bother me--they might only be in the finish. HOwever, when I checked Saloom's web site for care instrucitons, I noticed that their warranty doesn't cover checks. Should I be concerned about the little checks? Thanks.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2006 at 1:41PM
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Bump--I'm hoping that my last post will help me prove to Saloom that the little cracks in my table were there within a year of its delivery to me.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2008 at 6:48PM
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