Dry air, created by heating and air conditioning, draws moisture out of wood. Unless the moisture is replaced, warping, cracking, shrinking and general loss of color will result. Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative penetrates into the pores of the wood to treat wood and replace lost moisture.
What is naturally finished wood?
It wood that has been coated with a finish that allows the natural wood characteristic to show through. Varnish, shellac and lacquer are examples of natural finishes used on wood. Polyurethane is not a natural finish. Polyurethanes do not survive well in contact with most organic solvents. Scott's Liquid Gold is an organic oil formula that contains and organic solvent.
How can I tell what type of finish the wood has on it?
1. Dampen a cotton ball with acetone-based nail polish remover.
2. Choose an inconspicuous test spot on the wood and dab it with the cotton ball.
If the cotton ball sticks or the finish softens, the finish is varnish, lacquer or shellac. If there is no effect, the finish is polyurethane.
Can Scott's Liquid Gold be used outdoors?
Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative provides the same protection outdoors where drying, bleaching, cracking and warping can be a real problem.
NOTE: We recommend the use of a UV inhibitor. Otherwise, prior sun damage may become very visible. Wood that has been exposed to excessive moisture may darken when Scott's Liquid Gold is used.
Does Scott's Liquid Gold contain silicone?
Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative contains no silicone.
Does Scott's Liquid Gold darken wood?
Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative contains no dyes but the oil penetrates into the pores of wood to restore lost moisture and color. This tends to darken the shade of the wood closer to its original state. Raw wood will sometimes darken 6 to 8 shades but will lighten over time between uses.
Where should the use of Scott's Liquid Gold be avoided?
Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative is not recommended for use on food preparation surfaces or eating utensils, paste wax or polyurethane finishes, brick, fireplaces, painted surfaces, photo finishes, veneer or laminated finishes, bleached or whitewashed wood, compressed or particle board, veneer, parquet flooring, marble or finishes that are deteriorated or damaged (if uncertain, spot test on a hidden area of the wood.)
Why can't I use Scott's Liquid Gold on items that have been finished with polyurethane?
Polyurethanes do not survive well in contact with most organic solvents. Scott's Liquid Gold is an organic oil formula that contains and organic solvent. Not to mention that applying oil-based products to polyurethane can make items oily and even slippery.
Can Scott's Liquid Gold be used to remove wax buildup?
Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative will remove light wax buildups. When applied to previously waxed furniture, the wax will soften, leaving a smeary, cloudy surface. Apply Scott's Liquid Gold liberally and let stand for several hours before wiping dry. Turn cloth repeatedly, to avoid spreading the softened wax. This process may need to be repeated several times before all of the old waxes are completely removed. When finished, the surface should look clean and feel slightly oily. Once the wax has been completely removed, Scott's Liquid Gold will penetrate the wood to restore lost moisture.
NOTE: If white circles develop you may need to refinish the wood. This occurs when products containing silicone were previously used. For faster results on extremely heavy wax buildups, use a commercial grade wax remover or talk with a wood professional about doing the job for you.
I remember my dad using Scott's Liquid Gold on metal tools. He said it kept them from rusting. What other ways can Scott's Liquid Gold be used?
This is a great question. Over the years, we have heard the following ways that our consumers have discovered for using Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative:
- As a lubricant for squeaky hinges, household fans, bicycle chains, swivel chairs, nuts and bolts, sliding door tracks and garden hand tools
- To clean and soften the leather on ball mitts and hiking boots, luggage, saddles, old/antique books and dashboards
- To clean and prevent rust on metal and wood garden and farm hand tools
- To clean and restore:
- Window screens, stained glass, unpainted wood or metal window blinds, metal tools
- Plexiglas™, metal or plastic office equipment (unpainted)
- Stickers from bumpers, window, appliances, etc.
- Stainless steel, silver, copper, chrome, wrought iron and brass items (wash thoroughly before using)
- Golf irons, gun stocks
- Road tar from cars
- Soap scum from shower doors and tiles (helps prevent buildup)
- Plastic pots used in garden (outside surface only)
Will Scott's Liquid Gold dissolve the grease buildup on my wood kitchen cabinets?
Use Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Wash Ready-to-Use to remove grease and grime for kitchen cabinets. Follow with an application of Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative.
Is Scott's Liquid Gold good for dusting furniture?
Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative is excellent for wood dusting and it's unique organic oil formula actually repels dust, cutting down on cleaning time. Between applications of Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative, use Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Wipes for quick dusting and wood polishing.
We use Scott's Liquid Gold products in our facility and I need an MSDS sheet to keep on file. How can I obtain one?
Simply scroll to the bottom of this page, click on Policies and MSDS to download our MSDS sheets.
I have water spots on my favorite side table. How can I get rid of them?
Dampen the spots with Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative. Let stand for 1/2 hour. Use a very fine steel wool pad (0000) to lightly rub damaged areas going with the grain of the wood. Wipe clean with a soft cloth. Stubborn spots may require several tries and may sometimes require professional help.
There are light scratches on my woodwork. How do I make them go away?
First of all, the scratches are there and they aren't going away without completely sanding and refinishing. However, Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative can help lessen the appearance of scratches and nicks. First apply Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative to clean away dust, grime and dirt. Then, reapply liberally and allow to sit for 1/2 hour. Wipe surface dry. If the scratched area is large and the finish is broken to the bare wood, refinishing may be required for a permanent fix.
I inherited a beautiful dining table from my great aunt but it has a burn spot on it. Is there anything that can be done to fix it?
Rub mayonnaise into the burn. Let it sit for one hour. Wipe clean with a soft cloth then apply Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative. If the burn is deep, the entire surface may need to be refinished.
I accidentally washed the cloth that I used to apply Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative with clothes that were in the washer. Now, everything smells like Scott's Liquid Gold. What can I do?
This is a common occurrence. All you need to do is wash the clothes again but this time add about a cup of vinegar to the wash. The fragrance of Scott's Liquid Gold will be gone.
I want to place an order but Id rather mail or fax it in than place it on your website. How can I do this?
It's simple, just select all items you wish to order on our web site and add each to the shopping cart in the quantities you desire. When your order is complete, follow all instructions, then select Mail In or Fax as your method of payment. Then all you need to do is print the order form and mail or fax it to us at:
Scott's Liquid Gold, Inc.
P.O. Box 39-S
Denver, CO 80239-0019
ATTN: Consumer Relations
FAX: 303-576-6151 - ATTN: Consumer Relations
PHONE: 1-800-447-1919 - Option #1