1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Furniture Polish Made From Old Family RecipeA furniture polish made from an old family recipe by a family-operated business in rural Ohio has earned a loyal customer base throughout the country over the past 70 years thanks to the way it shines and preserves nearly any furniture or finish.
Originally developed by a Hungarian furniture maker in Youngstown in 1914, the recipe and business has been passed down through the family to great-nephew David Hamilton and his wife Jean, who run the business today.
"It's made from a formula of organic oils and lemon oil. Contains no wax or silicone, which can cause build-up. Works on any finish, lacquered or not and is especially good for antiques which usually don't have a high gloss finish. It actually impregnates the wood, giving it a nice finish and helps to preserve it under dry conditions. Works great on wood floors and it's a tremendous product for application to log buildings," says Hamilton.
Although available in local Ohio stores, the product is only found on the shelves in certain parts of the country. "It's become popular in Arizona because of the way it helps preserve wood under dry conditions and Sears and Roebuck recommends it in Hawaii for use on Koa, which is a very hard wood," notes Hamilton, who primarily sells by mail order from Petersburg, Ohio where the family mixes and bottles the polish.
In addition to adding a shine to furniture, the polish is also used as a cleaner to cut through grime on kitchen cupboards, refrigerators, vinyl products, and even shower curtains.
Milsek Polish, as it's called, sells for $3.29 a 12-oz. bottle when sold in minimum lots of 6 bottles. You can buy a sample bottle for $5.29, including shipping and handling. Hamilton notes that a 12-oz. bottle lasts three times as long as a similar size aerosol spray polish.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Milsek Chemical Mfg. Co., 5629 East Pine Lake Road, Petersburg, Ohio 44454 (ph 216 542-2700).
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