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

  1. Sue, 06 July, 2009

    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. Carrie, 06 July, 2009

    I’m in Indiana and I found mine at Wal-Mart.

  3. Anna Sabina, 06 July, 2009

    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.

  4. Melinda, 06 July, 2009

    I purchase mine at Home Depot.

  5. Laurel, 06 July, 2009

    Me too, I get mine at Home Depot.

  6. Susan, 06 July, 2009

    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

  7. Joyce, 06 July, 2009

    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.

  8. Lisa Whitham, 06 July, 2009

    I found it at my local Kroger..(In Michigan)

  9. Silverleaf, 06 July, 2009

    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.

  10. Beverly Smith, 06 July, 2009

    I’ve also found Pledge with Future Shine at Ace Hardware in several areas around the USA.

  11. Catalina, 06 July, 2009

    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!!

  12. Carrie, 06 July, 2009

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

  13. Maureen, 07 July, 2009


  14. Catalina, 07 July, 2009

    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!

  15. Cindy Lietz, 07 July, 2009

    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.) :-)

  16. Cindy Erickson, 08 July, 2009

    I found mine at the Walmart in Littleton, Colorado :)

  17. nancy reddick, 10 July, 2009

    Here in Pensacola,Florida our local Wal Mart carries the Pledge with future shine…

  18. Anne Silas, 13 July, 2009

    I found it at Home Depot in Poulsbo or Silverdale, Washington (not sure which).

  19. jill, 15 July, 2009

    Do you find the future floor finish yellows the translucent clay after it’s baked?

  20. Joan, 17 July, 2009

    Here in Palm Coast FL we found Future at Target–and that was the only place that had it.

  21. Lynsey, 05 October, 2009

    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…

  22. Rob_k, 09 October, 2009

    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.

  23. Cindy Lietz, 14 October, 2009

    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?

  24. Linda, 17 November, 2009

    I recently bought the Pledge with Future Shine at an Ace Hardware store for those looking for it.

  25. carolyn, 13 December, 2009

    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.

  26. Crystal McCarthy, 25 January, 2010


    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.

  27. carolyn, 26 January, 2010

    @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.

  28. Crystal McCarthy, 27 January, 2010

    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.

  29. carolyn, 27 January, 2010

    @Crystal McCarthy: I have been testing PYM II on PC & Sterling wire for Doug and Donna Shepherd, the creators of this great product. The spray is very fine and I have had absolutely no problems with drips. You should give it a try.

  30. Joyce M, 26 January, 2010

    @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.

  31. Crystal McCarthy, 27 January, 2010

    @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.

  32. Diana, 27 January, 2010

    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!

  33. Rob Kerfoot, 29 January, 2010

    Good info here, thanks!

  34. Cindy Lietz, 31 January, 2010

    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!

  35. Cindy Lietz, 16 April, 2010


    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.

  36. Heather Graef, 21 July, 2010

    (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

  37. Phaedrakat, 24 July, 2010

    @Heather Graef: Hi Heather, Charles S. in San Diego, CA found it at Walmart, as well. —In the automotive department! (Not sure why, but this is where Walmart keeps it!)

  38. Heather Graef, 24 July, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: Thanks for the tip : )

  39. Heather Graef, 21 July, 2010

    Meant to say “Future” at Home Depot!

  40. Alena Freeman, 22 July, 2010

    Hi! I found Pledge with Future Shine at my local Walmart. It works great!

  41. kim blanchette, 19 July, 2011

    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

  42. Jocelyn, 21 July, 2011

    @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….

  43. Bernadette B, 28 July, 2011

    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…..

  44. Jill S, 28 August, 2011

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

  45. Natalie H, 12 September, 2011

    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?

  46. Cindy Lietz, 14 September, 2011

    I don’t know, why don’t you test it? Do let us know how it works out.

  47. Conny G, 31 October, 2011

    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.

  48. Fran V, 24 April, 2014

    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?

  49. Cindy Lietz, 24 April, 2014

    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!

  50. Jill V., 24 April, 2014

    Fran, is this what you are looking for?

  51. Fran V, 24 April, 2014


    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!


  52. Jill V., 24 April, 2014

    My local Walmart has free pick up.

  53. Lyndsay R, 02 June, 2014

    Asdas in the UK sells Future

  54. DeShawn M, 24 July, 2015

    Hi everyone. I could use some help please! I’ve used Future on a pendant and wore it a few days in a row to test it for durability. After a few wears I noticed the finish was dulled in a few places. I use body lotion and it appears that this negatively affects the shiny surface. To test it, I removed the surface and reapplied, then wore the pendant again, with the same results. I’ve sanded and buffed and waxed, but find that some metallic clay effects look more interesting with a bright shiny surface to enhance the effect, but don’t always want the weight or thickness of resin.

    Has anyone else noticed a dulling on pendants where they touch the skin when using Future?

    Any suggestions on getting a hard durable shine that isn’t resin?

  55. Cindy Lietz, 27 July, 2015

    Hi DeShawn, I really am not a big fan of Future anymore, for some of the same reasons you mentioned. Have you tried the Minwax Oil Based Polyurethane? I did a review on it some time back. You can use the search box to learn more about it. There are other finishes that you may like as well. The search box will help you out there as well. Good luck!

  56. DeShawn M, 31 July, 2015

    Thank you! I will take a peek. I haven’t tried that one yet.
    Too bad, because I have a ginormous bottle of the stuff! Maybe I’ll actually try to polish the floor with it…

  57. Hope Foster, 25 January, 2016

    Cindy, I recently experimented with making faux stones for cabochons.Y
    They came out beautifully.I sanded and applied 2coats of future and buffed.Plan on making some ornate bezels to set them in.Can I use raw clay without a sealant as long as I carefully enclose the piece and rebake for the full 30 min so the new raw clay will cure?Or should I make the bezel/frame and bake it separately and later apply some glue.Thanks.I’m a novice but addicted.

  58. Cindy Lietz, 28 January, 2016

    Hi Hope, You can use raw clay without a sealant. Polymer clay is a plastic and doesn’t actually need to be sealed. I have a new video on that topic, if you want to do a search on it. I wouldn’t put raw clay on top of a piece that has been sealed with Future, though…. it may not bond properly. Remove the finish with rubbing alcohol or ammonia and then add your new clay, if you wish. Then bake for a full hour so the new clay is properly cured. There are tons of videos that will help with baking and finishes. Just use the search box at the top of the page to find what you need. Good luck!

  59. Sarah G, 15 June, 2016

    Hi Cindy,

    I have a question please. I am trying to find out which Pledge product has the most shine for polymer clay?

    I tried to buy a bottle from Ebay, It showed a picture of Pledge and then also said Future on the front. I was sent a bottle from Pledge that said 2x more shine instead. Nowhere on the front or the back did it mention Future. So I googled Pledge with future and so many came up. Pledge Floor finish, Pledge Floor care. Pledge with 2x shine, and a few others.

    I read somewhere that they are not all alike. It was on a forum about best glaze to use. I thought I had book marked it but I cant find it. A specific type of Pledge was mentioned. Do you know which one gives the most shine on clay?

    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Sarah :)

  60. Cindy Lietz, 16 June, 2016

    Hi Sarah, I wouldn’t bother with using Future or Pledge any more. There are so many better products on the market now, since this was the go to product. My favorite finish now is to sand and buff and then add some Renaissance Wax. Just type finishes into the search box and you will find several more recent articles on good finishes for polymer clay. Thanks for commenting!

  61. Mindy Fox, 22 July, 2023

    I have been working with polymer clay for years. I used Future/pledge floor polish to give it that extra shine. The last bottle I bought was a long time ago since it was a large bottle and goes a long way. When looking to buy more, I see it is not available anymore. I saw some of your posts from years ago talking about this issue, but was wondering what your updated choice is for use. Thank you so much!

  62. Cindy Lietz, 01 August, 2023

    Hi Mindy, yes, Future Floor finish is no longer available. I think you will find that although it was inexpensive and did a good job, there are much better finishes out there now. One finish I really like is the DuraClear Finishes in several different sheens. As well, BriteTone has a beautiful thick resin like finish if you want high shine without dealing with resin. Here are some of my affiliate links if you want to check them out.

    DuraClear Finishes (**Amazon Link)

    BriteTone (**Amazon Link)

  63. Mindy Fox, 01 August, 2023

    Thank you so much! I will try out your suggestions

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