Make sure the surface you plan on waxing is clean. The best way to do that is to use a damp cloth to wipe it, removing any dirt or dust. Read our simple guide on cleaning wood furniture.
Use the right type of wax. Typically called paste or finishing wax, the right wax isn’t from a bottle if you want the best finish.
Using the right tools to apply the wax. The main tools of the trade are a decent soft wax application cloth (or a normal soft cloth) and if you want a great finish, consider using a wax brush. Cloths are perfect for flat surfaces, while brushes work better on rough and edgy surfaces. Use the right technique. Too much wax is not a good idea. Apply a small dab of wax on your applicator and apply in three motions – a slow circular motion first, rubbing faster, then complete by waxing along the wood grain. Aim to get an even thin layer if possible. Apply a second and even a third coat if possible. Allow the wax to dry, but not too long! Ideally aim for 15-20 minutes.