Caring for wooden furniture

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Caring for wooden furniture
Caring for wooden furniture

How to quickly and easily get rid of stains, scratches, streaks and other damages on wooden furniture.

Caring for wooden furniture

Main problems

1. Divorces on the varnished surface of the table.

2. Scratches on wood flooring.

3. Splashes from perfume or hairspray.

Quick fix

1. Removing stains on a varnished surface

If white stains appear on the table, most likely you put a hot dish on it, a flower vase with a wet bottom, or simply forgot to wipe up spilled tea. Fortunately, this problem can be fixed. You will need a thin clean towel and an iron. Lay a towel over the stain, set the iron to low or medium heat (without pouring water into it), and press the towel against the table with it for a few seconds. (Make sure the soleplate of the iron fits on the towel and does not touch the table.) The iron will heat up the lacquer coating and release the moisture that has got under the lacquer layer. Excess moisture will be absorbed into the towel. Touch it to see if everything worked out for you. If necessary, repeat the procedure until the stain is gone.

2. Masking scratches

If the varnished surface is often in contact with metal objects (cutlery, keys, etc.), it may be scratched. They are especially noticeable in cases where the varnish has broken off and a lighter wood structure is visible. You can mask such scratches with the help of nuts. Walnuts or Brazil nuts contain natural oils, so they help darken the wood and hide scratches. Split the walnut and rub it into the scratches in the direction of the wood pattern. Then polish with a clean soft cloth. Repeat the procedure until the surface being treated matches the color of the rest - as far as possible.

3. Removing perfume splatters

Hairspray and perfume contain alcohol, which, with prolonged exposure, dissolves the protective layer of furniture varnish, causing it to become cloudy and lose its luster. If the furniture gets sprayed with spray, wait for the drops to dry, then take a slightly damp cloth and dip it in ammonia. Gently work the spots to remove sticky residue. Wipe dry and apply several coats of polish. Places where the lacquer surface is completely destroyed may need to be restored.

To make it easier next time

• Place serving napkins under cups and plates of hot dishes - one tablecloth may not be enough.

• Buy a furniture scratch remover and a surface refresher that removes water and alcohol stains and effectively hides minor scratches.

What you need:

  • Thin towel
  • Iron
  • Brazilian or walnuts
  • Soft cloths
  • Ammonia
  • Boiled linseed oil
  • Furniture polish

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