Over the years, we’ve become big fans of Original Briwax for a variety of diy projects, from waxing suede to cleaning and restoring wood that’s become dirty from use or age. Briwax is a blend of beeswax and carnauba wax mixed with the solvent Toluene (Briwax’s Toluene Free formula contains the solvents Xylene and Naphtha); solvents make the hard waxes spreadable AND help it clean dirty wood. We consider them a necessary evil, so we use Briwax in a well-ventilated space, and wearing gloves.
Recently, we used Briwax to clean a treasured burled wood hand-held mirror friends had given us years ago. We purposely cleaned half the mirror to show just what Briwax can do.
We rubbed one half of the mirror with a paper towel dabbed with Briwax until we’d removed all the dirt. You can see the cleaned mirror on the right and the dirty side on the left.
At voila! Before: