A Mom's Perspective
I seldom write reviews but what happened to me with Dutch Glow is truly remarkable.

Firstly, this furniture polish was enjoyable to use, and it solved a fairly major problem (to me, at least). Secondly, no – this doesn’t only work on pianos – which is what some people have asked me after reading/hearing my review.

Thirdly, here is where I found the product at a discount:
I inherited a B Squire & Son London upright piano from my Grandmother. It originally belonged to my Great Grandparents so it was quite an antique.

I was told stories growing up about the beautiful way my Great Grandmother could play the piano by ear. The elders in my family said she always added something extra special to her renditions that could only be added if you play by ear.

My Grandmother learned to play from my Great Grandmother, and then she taught me when I was just a little girl. Those are some of the fondest memories from my childhood, so I was delighted to find out I had inherited the antique piano I had always admired.

The wooden base of the piano is made of pure mahogany and I had always loved the rich grain. However, when I first saw it I almost cried.

It was so badly damaged (or so I thought). It was streaky and scratched really badly in some spots. My Grandmother was in a nursing home for four years before she died and her belongings had been placed in a storage unit. Evidently it wasn't heated which was hard on the wood, and it must have been damp too because there was obvious spotting of the wood on the left top and left side.

Regardless, we brought it home and put it in the corner of the living room my husband had cleared for it. For a few days I basically mourned for it. It was like a piece of my Grandmother had died all over again.
I was so distraught I couldn't even bear to play it. However, after a few days I cleaned it up the best I could. I used regular furniture polish as the last step. Honestly, it didn't look much better than it had but it did make me feel a little better to try.

I decided to get the piano appraised. I had no intention of selling it but I was curious about the true value. More importantly, my daughter was already showing an interest in playing and I was having visions about passing it down to her one day. I also wanted to add the piano to our insurance policy.

The first appraiser came over, and after only a minute, he said, "It is in very poor condition. Does it play?" I told him it did, but needed obvious tuning.

With my permission, he played on it a while, looked inside, and then looked closely at the wood. His final appraisal was between $750 and $900. The second appraiser deemed the piano in poor condition too but appraised at $800 to $1000 in value.

A week later I saw a commercial on TV for Dutch Glow Polish, and then I found a review here. I found what they said about waxy furniture polish buildup very intriguing. The idea that the scratches and other surface abrasions could actually be in the build-up and that Dutch Glow could remove all that really made sense to me.

However, I was still reserved about it actually working like they showed on the commercial. However, I just had to try it, so I ordered some.

When I got the Dutch Glow Polish package, I immediately went to work on the piano. I did a portion along the back first because I was actually scared it might damage the wood. Wow, was I wrong!
As I rubbed the Dutch Glow into the wood, I could hardly believe my eyes. I opened the skylight so I could get more natural light. I started cleaning the top of the piano and that's when the beautiful grain of the mahogany that had been mostly hidden began to shine through very clearly.

The wood that had been very dull was shining with a red glow that reminded me of some sunsets I've seen. The most amazing thing was that the scratches and other abrasions started disappearing, and within a few swipes were completely gone on each section I worked on.

When I got to the area that had been damaged by the dampness in the storage unit, that's when I was even more amazed at what I saw. I first wiped it thoroughly with the Dutch Glow Polish. Then, I left it to soak in a bit and wiped it in again.

After I had done this three times, I could hardly see any damage! Only if I looked really closely could I see anything and no one else would have looked as closely as I was looking. I also found that it had improved even more by the next morning. I guess the natural substances in the Dutch Glow Polish had somehow soaked in and nourished the wood overnight.

After having the piano professionally tuned, I asked one of the appraisers to come back. I told him I had "restored" the piano and left it at that. He said the condition of the piano was now very good and he appraised it at $3000.

Dutch Glow Polish increased the value of my Grandmother's antique piano by at least $2000 quite literally overnight. I never told the appraiser the full truth. I know my Grandmother was looking down smiling and giggling.


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    I'm a mom and a wife, and I enjoy every minute of life. How's that for a rhyme? I started this blog to offer my opinions on products, as well as information & tips for how to run a budget-conscious household.


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