Future Floor Polish for Polymer Clay Beads – 7 Interesting Facts

Future Floor Finish for Polymer Clay

Are You Still Able To Find Future Floor Finish At Your Local Grocery Store?

So what the heck does floor polish have to do with beads anyway? A lot actually! Those of you who have been around polymer clay for awhile, will likely already know most of this. But beginners to polymer clay may be surprised to learn that Future Floor Wax is an economical way to add a shiny finish coating to all sorts of bead surfaces.

Whether you call it Future Polish, Finish, Wax or even Future Floor Shine, here  are 7 Facts to pass along at your next Guild meeting or bead party:

1) Future Floor Finish is an acrylic floor polish, often found in grocery stores. It is also available at Amazon. Since it is manufactured for use on large surface areas (floors), it comes in a bottle size that will last most bead makers for a lifetime (or 2).

2) Future was bought out by SC Johnson and is now called Pledge with Future Shine.

3) Even with the name change it is still the same formula.

4) The same product in the UK is called Johnson’s Klear and it can be purchased at Sainsbury stores. Thanks To Silverleaf for this tip.

5) Some like to dip their beads in Future, instead of brushing it on. However, dipping can leave yellow globs forming at the low points of your beads. Laurel ws kind enough to share how she deals with this issue over at this link: Polymer Clay Bead Finishes

6) After allowing the Future or Johnson’s Klear to dry. you can cure harden the coating by popping your beads into the oven at 265F for 15 minutes. Make sure they are dry though. Otherwise you may get bubbles forming.

7) Future offers very durable protection for covering more vulnerable surface treatments such as polymer clay image transfers, Pearl Ex powdered pigments, and gold leaf.

Now with all of the “low maintenance” flooring that is being installed in kitchens today, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find Future Floor Finish at local grocery stores.

What would really be helpful as way to turn this page into a valuable resource for others, is for everyone to post the name of the store in your area, where you have seen the Future Floor Polish product being sold. Thanks in advance for helping out with this.

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

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  1. I believe the Australian equivalent is Pledge One Go, which you can currently find at Coles supermarkets. I wasn’t able to find it here in Sydney at either Woolworths or Franklins supermarkets, or at Bunnings Hardware, even though Woolworths and Bunnings are places that apparently used to stock it.

    I don’t personally find it tough enough, although I’ve only tried oven-hardening it at lower temperatures than Cindy’s suggestion (e.g. 90C-110C/195F-230F rather than 130C/265F).

  2. I have found it at Wal-Mart. Many Grocery Stores will order somthing for you without extra charge. That might save you some time driving around.

  3. Cindy, thanks so much for this info. I had my hubby running all over town looking for the old Future. (I now have a surplus of Mop and Glow which he thought might work, not knowing it was for beads) Now I know what to send him for. It’s a good finish for beads. I have used it for years. Thanks again. Susan

  4. After hunting in several stores for Future I asked a clerk in Wal-Mart in St. Petersburg, Florida and she found the Pledge with Future Shine. So I purchased it not knowing I was getting the right product. Now I will feel confident in using it, thanks Cindy.

  5. I got my Klear from Sainsbury’s, in the cleaning aisle.

    Almost had a rant to myself when I couldn’t find it the other week (even though I have loads left from the huge bottle I bought), but then I realised the bottle’s been changed and they do still stock it! Yay!

    I’ll check out other UK stores as well.

  6. I found my at Krogers in Michigan. I just tried for the first time last week. Even though I had to put several coats to get the shine I wanted, I like the look and feel of the beads. I had my husband out looking for it while I was online describing the bottle to him on his cell! Husbands–gotta love them!!

  7. You said it Catalina! Guys do come in handy! I just had mine mixing colors with me while we watched a movie!!

  8. Hey Carrie, I see you got your husband trained pretty well, too! Mine actually got his OWN clay to play with now. He would mix scrape clay and make his own version of marbled clay. Some came out pretty well and made outstanding beads. We “play” together while watching Detroit Tiger’s Baseball. Go, Tigers!

  9. This is awesome guys! Great resource you are all creating here.

    Nice to hear your husbands are supporting your polymer clay adventures. Mine does too! (Thanks Doug for everything things you do for this business… I wouldn’t be able to do it without you.) :-)

  10. Is this product safe to use for plugs? I’ve been trying to find a finish for hand made plugs that will be non toxic and ear safe…

  11. I found at Home Depot, Pledge with Future Shine to very effective on the small pearls I make. I put about an inch of liquid in a clear plastic cup, put the pearls on a toothpick end, and dip into the liquid 1 or times, then I spin the pearl on the toothpick to remove excess Future Shine. Next I put the pearls into a 1/2 thick sheet of styrofoam ,from some packing and stand the pearls or bead in the styrofoam. Let them dry for 8hrs, then repeat another 2 times. Some advice; make sure your item has zero fingerprints before using the Future, this only highlights the imperfections in the bead due to the glossy nature of the finish.

  12. Thanks everyone for letting us know where you’ve found future floor finish. That is really helpful!

    @Lynsey: I don’t know whether or not it is a safe finish sitting in your ear like a plug does. There is a spray product called Preserve Your Memories II that may work for you. I have linked to the post about it, next to my name. If you contact the owner Donna Shepherd maybe she can tell you whether or not it would be safe to use.

    @Rob_k: Great method! I agree about the surface being perfect before adding a glaze. Glossy surface only magnify imperfections.

    Cindy Lietz
    Surrey, BC, Canada
    Where are you from?

  13. On the way home from church today I stopped at the CVS Pharmacy (Lake Tahoe) and actually found a bottle that said ‘Future’. Behind it were the bottles that said Pledge with the Future shine. Anyway, I snatched up that Future real fast. I had been to two Safeway stores and also WalMart without finding Future. Now I can play around and see what type of application works best for me – brush – Q-Tips – or dipping. I have short, metal earrings display stands from which I can hang the pieces that already have loops. Others I think I can hang on the little rods that came with the bead tray for the oven. I mostly have lentil beads at this point (great way to start this new art life) and just a few round beads. These are all good for experimenting so when I have really nice pieces I’ll know already what system works the best for me.

  14. Cindy,

    I have recently run out of my Pledge with Future, and can no longer find it at any of my local stores. Is there another product that I can use that will offer the same finish and durability? I have finally got my web site going and I don’t want something like this put the breaks on. Any help will be great.

    • @Crystal McCarthy: Crystal – Search this blog – there are numerous comments regarding finishes. Verathane, PYM II, places to buy Pledge floor polish, etc. BTW, Your site is great! Though your prices do seem a little low for the amount of time you must be putting into the pieces.

      • @carolyn:
        I would like to thank you for visiting my site and the feed back you gave me. I have been worried about my prices being too high. I had read the entire blog on the finishes, and I have found that Verathane while feels dry, does absorb oil and makeup, and I’m afraid to try the PYM because it’s a spray and I might get drip marks, I have bought Holloway House Quick Shine, does seem to work but needs more layers then the Pledge. Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot and Ace in my area have stopped selling the Pledge, not sure if they are going to restock or not.

    • @Crystal McCarthy: Enjoyed visiting your site. Each piece has it owns beauty but the two pieces that caught my eye “Turquoise Delight”, a favorite color, and the work is just beautiful. The other is your “Rose in a clay pot”. The rose is truly a one of a kind and what a special presentation. You truly are an inspiration and success has to come your way. The best to you in your adventure.

      • @Joyce M: I would like to thank you for visiting my web site. It means alot to get feed back from someone that has never seen my work before. Sometimes its hard to tell if your friends really like your work or just say they do to not hurt feelings. I plan to do more sculptures in the near future, I will be making some dragons and more flowers, maybe even some vases and trinket boxes. Thank you for the encouragement.

  15. I just came back from the store, unable to find Future Floor Polish. I am glad to know that the name has changed to “Pledge with the Future”, and that it has worked for others with polymer clay. One difference I noticed was the smell–“Future” smells much better than “Pledge with the Future”–I do most of my polymer clay work with children, so that makes a difference.
    BTW, I have been using “Future” for years–I always ‘cure’ it by baking the glazed item again at 250 F for 15 minutes–and I have never had a problem with anything yellowing.

    Thanks for the info here!

  16. Excellent support you all have given each other! Great to see! I can’t get to these questions as fast as I used to, since the comments are flying in at the ‘speed of sound’ these days. It is reassuring to know that you all are jumping in to help each other so well. Making this a very valuable resource indeed!

    Nice to hear from you again Rob! It has been awhile since I’ve seen you around the blog. Hope all is well with you!


    Polymer Clay Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Future Floor Finish and Faux Jade), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Cindy-G. The link by my name will take you to where you can see them, along with a bit of a write up. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

  18. (In California) I called Safeway asking for Future Floor Polish and when they said they didn’t have it, not even as Pledge with Future. It looks like Home Depot has Future so I’ll be going there. In searching for it online I found this interesting article, which mentions the product names in different countries: The Complete Future

  19. i just starting working with polymer clay making hairwraps how long should i bake them for and is there anything i can spray on them to help with hardening of the clay

    • @kim blanchette: Welcome Kim! Always great to see new folks join.

      Need more info from you to help…what is a hair wrap? A barrette? If it is, you’ll find some great info to get you started by using the search facility in the upper left corner. “Barrettes” bring up a bunch of references.

      If you are brand new, would suggest you purchase Cindy’s beginners series of videos….they are excellent, and give you everything you need to know to get started. She is an excellent tutor, and I would probably be amazing myself now had I started here with her tutoring all those long years ago.

      Hope this helps….

  20. I am a beginner to making my own beading creations. I am looking forward to my new venture. I do many types of crafts…. Thank you for all your wonderful posts…..

  21. I found it at Walmart in NE Ohio. I’m having so much fun learning about making polymer beads and experimenting with it.

  22. Cindy
    Thanks for the info about rebaking is @265 to cure harden it. never thought of doing that. What would be the max times you should coat with Future shine and rebake it to cure harden it?

  23. Maybe someone from Germany is searching for Future like I did some years back. I finally found a german product named “Glänzer” from Erdal Rex and I got it at Famila. Seems to me like it would be the same formula like Future. I use it since some years and never had any problems with it.

  24. I don’t know if anyone is still reading this page, but you can get Pledge/Future at Walmart, ANY Walmart, even if it’s not on the shelf. Order it online, and have it shipped *free* to your local store.
    And thanks to Heather Graef, above, with her link to that interesting page. Now that is the power of the internet, hmm?

    • Thank you Fran for adding this info! Yes people are still reading these older posts. As soon as you leave a comment, it bumps it up to the latest comments widget on the side bar. People will see there is a new comment and and pop by to read it and sometimes leave a comment like Jill V. just did below. It is great when you leave comments on old posts! It breathes new life into posts that still have great info but have been buried over time. Keep it up!

    • Jill,

      Thanks, Jill, that’s the one, yes. There are a fair number of other clay items available that way from Walmart. That’s how i got my Makins extruder.

      It’s a good deal, because here in the wilds of New Hampshire, there’s not a lot of choice at the stores themselves. JoAnns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, A.C. Moore, etc are all here but they don’t keep a whole lot of stock in the stores. AND the stores are all at least an hour away from me. So I am mostly looking at online ordering and paying for shipping.

      OT: here’s another really cool thing: all of the craft stores here honor each others’ coupons…. That gives a whole lot more value to a 50% off coupon from JoAnn’s! So those of you that have two or more of theses stores in your area should check out whether they accept competitors’ coupons.

      Happy claying!


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