How To Remove Wood Furniture Blemishes

Wooden furniture has always been popular because of the natural beauty and elegance that wood brings to your home. Unlike steel or iron furniture, however, wood is a little bit more sensitive and more easily blemished. Water is one of the leading causes of blemishes in wood furniture. Here’s how you can remove the wood furniture stains and blemishes.

Ironing. One of the frequent damages that happen to wood furniture is when it gets dents from careless handling. If you have ever moved house, it is common to find your wooden furniture dented by the movers who may have bumped it with other furniture. For small dents, one of the easiest solutions is to iron the wood furniture. Do this by taking a large piece of wood and soaking it in warm water. Squeeze the excess water and wipe the entire surface of the table with the cloth. Place the cloth on top of ht dent and then iron over the dent for several minutes or until the cloth has become fully dried. The water in the cloth and the heat from the iron will raise the indent. It is important to wipe the entire surface of the wood furniture with the moist cloth so that you do not get a single water stain on the center of the table near the dent.

Sanding. Another common wood furniture blemish is from water stains or from wooden furniture that has been chipped from heavy objects placed on top of the furniture. In this case, you will need to refinish the wooden furniture. Start by sanding the surface of the wooden furniture. Use random orbital sanders that use medium grit sand paper. This will prevent swirl marks from forming on top of the wood, but will remove the first layer of dirt on the wood furniture. Afterwards, apply mineral spirits to remove the traces of polyurethane or varnish on top of the wood furniture.

Watering. Once you have removed the varnish, most of the water stains and dents will also have been removed. For stubborn water stains, however you should take a spray bottle or a piece of cloth that has been dipped in water. Use it to wipe the surface of the wood furniture. This will give the wood an even stain which will makes the color of the water stain. Do not wet the furniture too much, however since this can soften the wood and make it more prone to rotting. Allow the wood to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Varnishing. Once the furniture has fully dried out, the next step is to apply a coat of varnish or polyurethane. Make sure that you apply at least two coats of the polyurethane. Before applying the second coat, the first layer of polyurethane should have already been absorbed completely into the wood and must have already dried out.

With these steps, you can remove the dents and stains that often occur on wood furniture. Keep in mind, however, that prevention is still the best policy for preventing blemishes. Use covers on your furniture to keep them dry and avoid scratching the furniture.


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