Professional Furniture Refinishing Tips For Damaged Antique Items
Quick And Easy Fixes For Damaged Wood
Antique furniture refinishing is best left to a professional restoration service. This will help avoid damage and preserve the value of the item. You can, however, do minor restorations for other furniture items in your home fairly easily.
Water damage to finished tables, nicks and scratches on wood surfaces, and remnants of perfume or hairspray are some of the typical damages that we see.
Here are quick and easy furniture refinishing tips to help tackle these common problems:
Undoing water damage: Wet glasses or vases, hot dishes and water spills often leave unsightly white marks (or rings) on your wooden table. These marks occur as a result of moisture seeping into the finish. Repair is quick and easy, provided the spill has not been left to linger for a while. Here’s how:
- Place a clean, thick towel on top of the stain
- Turn on your iron to a dry low-to-medium setting and press over the towel for several seconds, ensuring that the soleplate does not touch the wood
- Lift the towel and check the results
- Repeat until the stain disappears
- Polish and buff as usual
The gentle heat will warm the finish enough to release the moisture into the towel.
Fixing nicks and scratches: These are typical when sharp objects such as keys, scissors, or a fork, are dropped and pierce the wood. Nuts are the simplest and easiest remedy to help conceal the scratches. Fresh walnuts or Brazil nuts have natural oils that help darken the lighter wood that is revealed when the surface is scraped off. Here’s what to do:
- Crack the nut open and rub the meat over the scratch in the direction of the grain of the wood
- Buff with a clean, soft cloth
- Repeat until the area blends in with the rest of the finish as much as possible
Repairing perfume and hairspray damage: The alcohol in perfume and hairspray can dissolve wood finishes, no matter how small the spritzes might have been. Here is a simple solution:
- Let the droplets dry
- Dampen a cloth with water and dip it into a bit of ammonia
- Lightly go over the stains to remove sticky residue
- Wipe dry
- To smooth the finish apply a thin paste of boiled linseed oil and powdered rottenstone (you can get both items at a home store) with your fingertip, gently working into the stains in the direction of the grain
- Wipe clean with a cloth
- Apply a few coats of furniture polish and buff well
- Spots where the finish is totally destroyed may require professional furniture refinishing
It is important to remember that these furniture refinishing tips are for minor surface damages. For items with special finishes, especially antique refinishing, you need expert help. Attempting to do it yourself can worsen the problem.
Carrocel Restorations offers professional furniture refinishing services for fine furniture and antiques. This includes refinishing, reupholstering, repairs and restorations. All our work comes with a quality and satisfaction guarantee.