Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Remove nicotine from oak furniture

Another enquiry I had this week was from someone who bought an oak chest of drawers from an antique shop. Apparently it was very cheap, the reason given was that it came in a house clearance from someone who had been a heavy smoker and the drawers were very dirty and covered in nicotine. My correspondent asked me if Heritage Woodcare would remove all this buildup.

Heritage Woodcare takes off all the buildup of silicons, waxes, grease and grime and will also take off most white heat, ring and water marks. It will, therefore, successfully remove all the buildup from the drawers including the nicotine and, in the process, make them smell a little fresher.

It is very easy to use Heritage Woodcare. Give your bottle a good shake, pour some into a container, take any soft and clean cloth, soak it in the polish, squeeze and wring the cloth out till it is damp dry then pour the remaining polish back into your bottle not forgetting to put the top back on tightly. You are now ready!

All you do now is wipe, possibly more than once, following the direction of the grain and then sit back and marvel at the results. As previously stated, Heritage Woodcare removes all the buildup
of silicons, waxes , grease and grime and as the nicotine is in the buildup, that will be removed at the same time. I said you may need to give more than one application, and. should the finish appear streaky, that is the polish working and showing you need further applications,

Heritage Woodcare is available online, visit

Monday, 26 April 2010

How do I remove bitumen from leather

Seeing my post about removing bitumen from wood flooring, someone contacted me to ask about removing bitumen from leather.

I was demonstrating Heritage Woodcare at a show a while ago and someone told me about his experiences.Apparently he had not long bought a brand new Jaguar car with cream leather upholstery. He was driving this car and went through an area where the road had recently been resurfaced. Somehow a piece of grit covered in tar (bitumen) became trapped between his trousers and the car seat covering both in tar. He went on to say that the trousers were ruined but he had rescued the leather seat by wiping it over with Heritage Woodcare. I thanked him for the information but advised him to wash that particular seat with pure soap and then condition it with Heritage Leathercare.

So, to answer the query about removing bitumen from leather, wipe the leather with a cloth prepared with Heritage Woodcare (see my previous post for instructions on how to prepare your cloth), wash your leather with pure soap (Simple Soap, baby soap, soap flakes, Dreft, etc.), make sure your leather is totally dry, then condition with Heritage Leathercare.

Heritage Woodcare and Heritage Leathercare are both available online, visit

Saturday, 24 April 2010

How to clean and polish in your Kitchen using Heritage Woodcare.

Through my recent posts I have told you about Heritage Woodcare and how to use it to remove remove bitumen from wood flooring. Heritage Woodcare (sometimes known as Celtic Woodcare) does have many other uses and one of the best is in the kitchen.

Prepare your cloth in the usual way (i.e. shake your bottle thoroughly, pour some into a container, soak any clean,dry and soft cloth in your polish, squeeze and wring your cloth out till it is damp dry, return any surplus polish to your bottle and you are ready). Use it to clean and polish all the wood surfaces - work surfaces, cupboard doors, skirting boards, etc. Where you have water marks e.g. steam from the kettle, you may have to have more than one application to remove them.

Cleaning including removing grease from your cooker hood is another area in your kitchen where Heritage Woodcare comes into its own. If you have a buildup of dried on grease on your cooker hood,when preparing your cloth do not wring it out just squeeze it and wipe over your hood last thing at night. The oils in your Heritage will penetrate the grease and after about a week you will just wipe it off.

Whilst you have your cloth in your hand, also clean all your "white" goods (washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, etc.) Heritage Woodcare will clean all these aids and being oil based will not cause rusting!

Heritage Woodcare is available online, visit

How do I clean and polish wood furniture removing white heat, ring and watermarks.

In my last post I told you how to use Heritage Woodcare to remove bitumen, clean and polish wood floors. What I didn't go on to say is that it is ideally suited for cleaning and polishing most wood flooring - natural and laminate!

Made in their Dublin facility by Drigate Products and based on a nineteenth century secret formula known only by the then grandmasters of the furniture crafts, Heritage Woodcare has been updated for modern products. The keen rivalry between these skilled craftsmen brought about a constant searching for absolute perfection in the preservstion, cleaning and polishing of wooden furniture.. Many priceless antique pieces seen today give testimony to the success of their skills. Comprehensive research aided by enlightened technology has enabled Drigate Products to produce a product that gives the same outstanding results in a fraction of the time taken by those skilled craftsmen.

Heritage Woodcare is very easy to use. Give your bottle a thorough shake, pour some into a container, soak any clean, soft and dry cloth in the polish, squeeze and wring your cloth out till it is damp dry, return the excess polish to your bottle (not forgetting to put the top on securely - it goes all over you when you next shake it if you don't as I have discovered to my cost more than once!), and you are now ready. All you do now is wipe. Heritage Woodcare takes off all the buildup of silicones, waxes, grease and grime and will also remove most white heat, ring and water marks. Heavier buildups may need more than one application.

Heritage Woodcare is available online, visit

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Removing bitumen from wood flooring

I have received numerous requests for information about removing bitumen from wood flooring so I thought it would be useful to go over it again.

Bitumen is used as an adhesive to stick wood flooring, particularly parquet and similar types of wood flooring. Over time the bitumen seeps up between the joints. This is exactly what happened to my own floors.My house was built with underfloor heating downstairs so the flooring on the ground floor is concrete covered with parquet

My wife and I decided to replace the carpet in the hall and stairs. I took up the existing carpet to make the job easier only to find a parquet floor in the hall. I could also see the floor continued into the lounge. After much persuasion my wife agreed to not replacing the carpet on the understanding that I did the maintenance.

After several attempts at sweeping the floor I managed to pick up all the dust. I then got down on my hands and knees (I could in those days!) and used Scotchbrite (a non scratch scourer) soaked in Heritage Woodcare. This gave the floor a real clean leaving it with a slight sheen and additionally also removed all the bitumen that had seeped up between the joints. Now all I have to do is clean the floor once per month and every time I sweep the floor it polishes it.

Heritage Woodcare is available online, visit

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Heritage Woodcare, Heritage Leathercasre. Green Angel Skincare, Paston Crafts availale from The Technocentre, Puma Way, Coventry

I thought it would be useful to go over the different ways you can order goods from DCK Services - Heritage Woodcare , Heritage Leathercare, Green Angel Skincare and Paston Crafts hand crafted fabric products.

The easiest and most convenient method is to go on my website - and order online. Payment is via Paypal which is very safe, your card details remain confidential and are not revealed. All the retailer is told is that a payment has been made and, as stated, we are not given your card details

Should you prefer, it is almost as easy to order by post. Send your order, with delivery address details and payment (cheque, cash or postal order) to :-
DCK Services,
The Technocentre,
Puma Way,

Web orders are usually processed and posted within 24 hours of receipt with mail orders taking a little longer - up to 7 days. However, holidays and sickness can lead to delays in processing orders.

All DCK products are available online, visit

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Rewaxing a wax jacket

My recent posts have been telling you about Heritage Leathercare and how you can use it, particularly on leather furniture and car seating, also clothing and footwear. In this post I intend to tell you how to use it to rewax a wax jacket.

Although Heritage Leathercare does have cleaning properties there are some instances where you may need to do a seperate clean (e.g. to remove bird droppings, etc.) In this instance I would suggest you "wash" these areas of the garment with pure soap. Make a solution of soap and water, dip in a soft, clean cloth, gently squeeze the cloth till you have taken most but not all the water out and wipe the areas you wish to clean. Make sure your coat is totally dry before going on to the next stage.

Take your tub of Heritage Leathercare and the sponge (provided), wipe the sponge across the surface of the polish removing any surplus by wiping the loaded sponge across the inside edge of the tub. You then simply wipe the loaded sponge on your jacket in circular motions ensuring you do not leave the jacket greasy. Assuming your jacket is not greasy, when you have finished wiping, it is now ready for wear, clean, rewaxed and water resistant.

You can obtain Heritage leathercare online, visit

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

How to clean and polish leather clothing and footwear- jackets and fashion boots

In my recent posts I have been telling you about Heritage Leathercare, in particular, how to use it on leather furniture. I will now tell you about other uses for it.

Heritage Leathercare is ideal for use on leather clothing and footwear and being colourless, it can be used on any colour. Heritage Leathercare feeds, polishes and protects your leather whilst leaving a water resistant finish - this makes it perfect for motorbike leathers in particular.

Take your tub of Heritage and load your sponge (provided) by wiping it over the surface of the polish. Remove any surplus by wiping the sponge across the inside edge of your tub. You are now ready and proceed by simply wiping your loaded sponge in circular motions on your leather taking care not to leave the leather greasy. As long as the treated leather is not greasy the job is done. If, however, the leather is greasy to the touch, you will need to buff up using a soft dry cloth.

Following the above instructions, you can use Heritage Leathercare on clothing (jackets, skirts, trousers, motorbike leathers, etc.) and footwear. It is specially recommended for boots and shoes- leather fashion boots particularly which can be so difficult to keep clean. Using Heritage, the job can be completed in minutes. It is recommended that clothing and footwear used only in the winter are treated with Heritage before being stored.

Heritage Leathercare is available online, visit

Thursday, 8 April 2010

What is the best product for my leather.

Having introduced you to Heritage Leathercare in my last post, I thought I ought to tell you something about it.

Made in their Dublin facility by Drigate Products Heritage Leathercare (sometimes known as Celtic Leathercare) is a traditional 19th century leather balsam containing original, old fashioned ingredients which include beeswax. These are well known in the trade for protecting and revalising the leather used in leathercraft (and indeed the stitching). Many craftspeople and proffessionals will voch for its tried and tested formula.

The results obtained with Heritage Leathercare are instantaneous yet are long lasting. Newer leather productsbenefit from a shine and protection unsurpassed by modern polishes not containing our ingredients whilst older, tired leather is left revitalised and more supple.

Heritage Leathercare is generally regarded as one of the most ecomical on the market in this day and age.

You can obtain Heritage Leathercare online online, visit

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

How do I care for my leather suite?

A number of people have been checking my website whilst I have been away looking for help with caring for their leather suites. In all cases they are new suites and the correspondents were wanting help with keeping them looking like new.

Heritage Leathercare feeds, polishes and protects leather leaving a water resistant finish and is very easy to use It is also colourless so can be used on any colour. Another advantage of your Heritage is that it will clean most colours. White and similar pale colours may, however, need washing first. To do this, wash with pure soap (Dreft, soap flakes, etc.) and dry thoroughly making sure your leather is totally dry before applying your Heritage.

Using the sponge provided, wipe it across the surface of the polish and remove any excess by wiping across the inside edge of the tub. Then apply to your leather suite by wiping very sparingly, in circular motions. On completion, your suite should not be greasy to the touch. If it is greasy, buff it up using a clean, dry and soft cloth.

To keep your leather furniture in a supple condition and looking good it is recommended that you apply your Heritage Leathercare 3 or 4 times per year as a minimum.

Heritage Leathercare can be obtained online, visit

Monday, 5 April 2010

I am back from my holiday.

I am back from my holiday. I have been to Madeira for a week.

Visiting their capital, Funchall, it is absolutely amazing. You would never realise that only a few short weeks ago several thousand (I was told 200,000 but I cannot vouch for the validity of that figure) tons of rock, rubble, trees and mud, along with up to 5 million (and possibly more) litres of water poured into this city following days of rain and bad weather. I was told it happened late morning so it is possibly surprising there wasn't a greater loss of life.

Last week, when my wife and I visited, there was very little sign of the devastation this must have caused. It shows what happens when everyone pulls together.

There are up to 4 or cruise ships a day visiting Funchall. I don't think I have ever seen so many cruise ships at one time before.