Almost three years ago we remodeled our 21 year old kitchen. Out with the old oak cabinets, in with the new maple custom made replacements. Our contractor came out last week to fix one of my door hinges, and told me that I needed to put a wood preserver on my cabinets, and recommended a product by “Howard”.
Off I went to Home Depot, who happened to carry several “Howard” products, and after discussing my situation with employees in the cabinet department, I chose two products. Howard Feed-N-Wax was one of them.
This product comes in two sizes, 8 and 16 ounce. Because we have a fair amount of cabinets, I chose the larger 16 once. The bottle is clear, so you can see the contents, which look like a golden brown colored gel. The front of the bottle shows a beehive and a bee, and reads “Beeswax and Orange Oil”. The “O” in orange is made with a round orange slice.
The cap is brown, and it screws off and it also has the easy flip top cap that allows you to squeeze out a smaller portion.
Penetrating feeder and preservative for all furniture
Works on all finishes and natural woods
Enhances the beauty and depth of grain, especially oak
Prevents further drying
Preserves and restores the woods finish
Does not contain silicone or linseed
What’s In It?
While there are no ingredient lists on the back of the bottle, it does say that Feed-N-Wax is made up of beeswax, carnauba wax, and orange oil.
Is It Easy To Use?
Very easy! You simply saturate a cloth or pad with the product, wipe it on the wood, let it stand for 20 minutes, then wipe off. You then polish the wood with a clean, dry cloth.
I hate chemicals, and this wood preserver seems all natural, and it actually a pleasure to work with! It came out of the cap as a thick gel, but spread extremely easy across my wood cabinets. I have doors that have the beveled insets, and I was able to get down into those areas with the edge of my rag and some Q-tips.
This wood preserver smells mostly like oranges, but it’s not a real strong scent like some orange oil cleaners. It’s very mind and pleasant.
I followed directions exactly, and when I came back in 20 minutes to wipe off the cabinets, I didn’t get as much on my rag as I had expected to. That tells me that it must have penetrated the wood somewhat like it claims to do. There wasn’t a lot of lingering odors in my kitchen after applying this product. I even tried it on my older bathroom oak cabinets, and didn’t detect many odors in our small bathroom. Those 23 year old cabinets had a nice buffed shine to them that I hadn’t seen in many years!
If you have a wood backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom, I would recommend using Feed-N-Wax. From the FAQ section of the company website: Feed-N-Wax is excellent for protecting oak and other woods exposed to moisture. Feed-N-Wax brings out the original wood color and enhances the wood grain while it leaves a coat of water-repelling carnauba wax and beeswax to help protect the wood from moisture and occasional splashing.
After buffing my maple cabinets, they looked very nice. I can’t say they “looked new again”, because these cabinets are already fairly new, but the purpose of using Feed-N-Wax is to keep the wood in good shape so it doesn’t dry out and crack. Often times wood shipped to Alaska isn’t completely dry, and it is prone to cracking. I feel confident that this product will help preserve my investment and keep my maple cabinets looking new for years to come.
I was glad that the directions didn’t suggest wearing gloves when applying this, as I think gloves are cumbersome. I have small hands and they are always too big. I did get some Feed-N-Wax on my hands, and it did feel very oily, but washed off easily and didn’t make my hands smell bad at all.
There are some cautions listed that really surprised me. The label says that this product is combustible because it contains petroleum distillates. It also recommends to use with adequate ventilation. We don’t have a window in our bathroom, so I kept the fan running during and after the process. Personally, there did not seem to be hardly any fumes to be concerned with, but it’s always best to follow the manufacturers recommendations.
This 16 ounce bottle of Feed-N-Wax was enough to do my entire kitchen and bathroom, with a little bit left over. It retails for around $8.00 at Home Depot, and I believe it’s a great product. It was enjoyable to work with.