You may have seen the infomercials for Dutch Glow™’s Amish Wood Milk. This product seemingly brings wood furniture back to life with one sweep of a soft rag. The claims are astounding, which led me to wonder if they were true or not. Buy the product from the infomercial and it will cost you; it isn’t the product that is so expensive but the shipping and handling charges can rack up. However, now, like many of these “As Seen on TV” products, Dutch Glow™’s Amish Wood Milk is now available in stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond as well as Target and Walmart. Since I didn’t have to pay for shipping, I decided to try it out and see if the claims are too good to be true or not.
I tried the product on an antique dye cabinet that had wood dulled by years of wear. First, I took the bottle of Amish Wood Milk out of the package and noticed that it came with a sprayer; not a heavy duty spray attachment, but one more similar to a mister. This was obviously not going to work with the product since it has the consistency of a lotion and will not and did not spray.
Instead, I poured it onto a clean white rag and started rubbing it into the woodwork. Quickly, it pulled up a combination of dirt and what I presume to be temporary furniture stain that was perhaps used by the previous owner to bring out the woodwork as it was a reddish tone to match the cherry wood on the cabinet. Interestingly, this process did not dull the woodwork, but actually brightened it up.
In addition, I worked away at a streak of thick grime that was on top of the cabinet (see slide show for before and after images). I don’t know what the substance was, but it was thick and could be scraped with my fingernail. Trying to remove it with the rag was taking a lot of time, so I poured the Amish Wood Milk on top of the offending stain and left it sit. Then, I came back with a soft plastic scrub sponge and gently rubbed the Amish Wood Milk over the stain. It took a lot of elbow grease but it did remove it; not all of it but the cabinet as a whole looks a lot better.
All in all, I’m pleased with the results. I’d buy the product again as it did a decent job removing the dirt, grime and old polishes. However, it was not as easy a process as depicted in the infomercials. This took some effort and was by no means easy. If your wood is cleaner than mine, it would clean up much easier. That said, if the piece is terribly dirty, be prepared to invest some time and effort getting it cleaned up.
Directions state that Dutch Glow™”is NOT a wood refinishing product and will not strip or remove coatings. It is a restorative polish which cleans, polishes and protects your furniture.” Directions also include other precautions before using and give instrucitons for removing heat marks, water marks and using it on wood or laminate floors.
To see tips for cleaning and polishing metal or metal antiques, click here.