Wood furniture is beautiful and can last for many years when care for properly. However, even the most cautious owners may find that their wood furniture becomes scratched or stained. Over the years, the lustrous finish can become dull from built up furniture polish. Rather that refinishing the furniture, try this quick and easy restoration process to make wood furniture look new.
You will need:
Step 2: Match the touch up color to the furniture color as closely as possible. If an exact match cannot be found, select a shade slightly lighter than the wood furniture color. A lighter color blends in better than a darker one.
Step 3: Test the marker on a piece of scrap cardboard to see how fast the color flows from the marker. Keep a clean cloth on hand in case too much color comes out during application.
Step 4: Dab the marker over the scratch until it is covered. Allow the area to dry completely.
Step 5: For a deep gouge, the only option may be to sand, fill the scratch, and refinish the furniture. If the furniture is thought to be an antique, consult a reputable antique specialist before going to these extremes. If the furniture contains rotted areas or has split, consult a professional regarding those issues.
You will need:
• Cloth for removing white rings from furniture
Step 1: Water stains that are white in color are usually surface stains, affecting only the finish, not the wood itself. A product designed to remove these white rings will usually reduce, if not remove, the stain. Rubbing one of these specially treated clothes onto the surface as soon as the stain appears increases the chances of removing the blemish. First, read the product directions and test the item on a hidden area to make sure that it does not mar the finish.
Step 2: If the stain is still present after the first application, repeat the process until the stain fades away or no improvement is need.
Step 3: If the stain is dark or does not come out, the stain probably penetrated the wood. In these cases, refinishing may be required.
Dull Looking Finishes-
You will need:
• Deep cleaning product for wood
• Clean, soft cloths
• Wood furniture polish that does not contain silicone or waxes
• Rubber gloves
• Safety goggles
• Paintbrush or old toothbrush
• Cotton swabs
• Plastic putty knife
Step 1: If areas of the furniture appear dull, polish, wax, and dust buildup are usually to blame. This can cloud the finish, obscuring the pattern of the wood grain. Underneath this area, the finish is usually still intact. A deep cleaning and polishing can usually address the buildup issue.
Step 2: A deep cleaning product for wood, some clean and soft cloths, wood furniture polish without silicone or waxes should address the issue. Depending on the deep cleaning product used, a pair of rubber gloves, safety goggles, and a facemask may be needed.
Step 3: If the furniture contains nooks and crannies, an old toothbrush, a paintbrush, and some cotton swabs will come in handy.
Step 4: Remove hardware like knobs and drawer pulls, if possible. If not, you must work around them.
Step 5: Work in a well-ventilated area. Follow product manufacturer instructions for spot testing.
Step 6: When applying products, work along the grain of the wood, focusing on one area at a time. Use an extra cloth to remove the product before moving to the next area.
Step 7: Inside corners, grooves, areas around hardware, and nooks and crannies are the primary buildup spots so give these special attention. Use the toothbrush or paintbrush to apply cleaner if these areas contain a lot of buildup. Allow the cleaner to sit a bit longer. Use the cotton swab to remove buildup from tight spots.
Step 8: For the most stubborn buildup, do a second application of cleaner. A gentle scraping with a plastic putty knife may also prove helpful. Test by scraping a hidden area and viewing the spot in good lighting to identify any scratches.
Step 9: Wipe the furniture with a fresh cloth to remove any remaining cleaner.
Step 10: Use another cloth to apply the furniture polish sparingly. With a clean cloth, buff the furniture. Put some effort into it because this will bring out the shine.
Step 11: Replace the furniture hardware.
Step 12: Use a chemical-free duster to keep the furniture clean. Apply a high-quality furniture polish every few months to moisturize the furniture and keep it shiny.