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Furniture Repairs

Though you try your best to use your vacuum cleaner carefully, it still collides with your expensive and beautiful furniture and gives it cuts and scratches. Your heart bleeds at their sight.

The good news is that you can easily repair these small damages without having to pay too much.

A word of caution

Most of the materials used in furniture repair are incendiary and toxic. So, read carefully the instructions on the packages. Don’t use them near the fire points or flames. Also don’t do the repair work in closed, unventilated rooms.

Always try to work in the open spaces and wear respiratory mask. Pregnant women should avoid working with these materials.

Repairing scratches

You can hide the ugly scratches on your furniture with permanent ink felt-tip markers using simple techniques. These furniture markers are easily available at hardware stores. If you are finicky about exact color match, you may get them at art stores.

If you want to hide the scratches completely, you will have to apply the ink on them, allow it to dry for some time and spread it evenly with the help of the tip. You should note that the wood fibers tend to soak the ink, so the color may appear a bit dark.

If your furniture is antique or very old, you should avoid removing the scratches, as it could damage its surface.  You should, instead, use shellac to give it a finish.

Removing grimy, muddy, sticky and greasy surfaces

Wear your rubber gloves. Take a big swab of clean cotton or a piece of coarse cloth that can absorb the liquids. Soak it with mineral spirit and wipe the affected surface. It will absorb the sticky/greasy/gummy material and become dirty.

Throw it away and take another piece and continue to repeat the process until the cloth piece or cotton swab does not become dirty after rubbing it on the surface. It remains fresh and clean. Finally, wipe with a fresh piece of cloth.  Your job is done.

You will be amazed at the results of your effort. The surface will at once become smooth and shiny.

Caution: Don’t use strong solvents as they may damage the finish itself.

Repairing small gouges

Gouges are often caused by spiky things hitting the furniture.  Buy a number of putty sticks whose color matches that of the furniture. They are easily available at hardware stores.

Peal off their flakes and mix them with your fingers until you get the right color. The heat in your fingers will also soften the flakes and blend them more easily.

Fill the gouge with putty. It works very well for small cuts and holes. Give it finishing touches and you are done.

Removing the scratches on the finish and coating the surface again

Take an extra fine steel wool pad and soak it in clear Danish oil. Rub the affected area with the pad using the flat side of your hand. Try to rub in the direction of the grain and not in its opposite direction or at any other angle to it. Rub not only on the area with scratches, but also its surrounding region, edges and corners.

You can also eliminate the scratches by rubbing them with a 0000 steel wool buff soaked in clear Danish oil.

Carry on with this process until you remove the scratches on the finish and get a clear surface.

It should be noted that this process works to eliminate scratches on the surface finish and not the scratches that lie in the stain or the wood.

Warning again

As mentioned above, steel wood dubbed in Danish oil can catch fire if you leave it bunched up. So dry it by spreading it loosely in the open place. When the oil evaporates completely, throw away the steel wool and rags in garbage bin.


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