Thursday, 30 August 2012

Furniture Repair Tips, Hints & Tricks

Furniture Tips

26 furniture tips, hints, and tricks

Candle Wax
To remove candle wax drippings from the surfaces of furniture, turn your portable hairdryer on the spot and when it softens, remove the large chunks. Use a tissue to wipe the rest away.
Removing Scratches
Rub mayonnaise into scratches on furniture with your finger, let it stand, and remove with a soft cloth.
Deep Scratches
For a deep scratch, break a walnut or pecan meat in half, and rub the scratch with the broken side of the nut.
Easy Dusting
Slip an old woollen sock over your hand, spray with polish, and run you hand over furniture to dust easily.
Nicks and Scratches
Mix enough water with instant coffee to make a thick paste. Rub it into the scratch or nick, let it dry, rub off the excess, and wax as usual. This should only be used on very dark wood
Sliding Furniture
A piece of foam rubber glued under the legs of furniture will keep it from sliding on the floor
Outdoor Furniture
Turn redwood furniture upside down and nail a metal bottle cap to the bottom of each leg. It will slide easily across the patio.
Inexpensive Furniture
Paint or stain a small picnic table (the kind with attached benches) to use as inexpensive and attractive kitchen furniture.
Wrought Iron Furniture
To remove rust spots on wrought iron, use oily furniture polish.
Furniture Polish Tip
Put an old sock around a bottle of furniture polish to prevent it from leaving rings of polish on surfaces when you set it down. It will catch any polish that has dripped down the sides of the bottle, too
Short Leg
If one leg on a piece of furniture is shorter than the rest, balance it by gluing a garden hose washer to the tip of the leg.
Upholstery Tip
When doing your own upholstery, fit a rubber crutch or cane tip over the end of a hammer. The hammer will not damage woodwork or upholstery tacks.
Mahogany Repair
To cover scratches in mahogany, cover the mark with iodine and then furniture polish.
Scratched Ebony
Scratches on ebony can be covered with black liquid shoe polish or black eyebrow pencil.
Rubber Bumpers
To prevent marks on walls by furniture that has been pushed against it, buy a set of small rubber bumpers at a hardware store. They usually have small nails attached to them. Tack one on the back of each piece of furniture.
Great Furniture Polish
Mix together and shake well one-third cup of each: boiled linseed oil (do not try to boil your own--buy it at a hardware store), turpentine and vinegar. Apply to furniture with a soft cloth and wipe it dry. Then wipe with another soft cloth.
Furniture Polish Remover
One-quarter cup of vinegar with one half cup of water may be rubbed with a soft cloth into furniture to remove polish build-up, Dip the cloth in the solution, wring out, wipe, and dry with another cloth.
White Water Rings
To remove white rings left on furniture by water, rub the spot with petroleum jelly, let it stand 24 hours, and rub into the wood. Wipe off excess and polish as usual.
Alcohol Stains on Furniture
Remove alcohol stains on furniture with olive oil and dry with soft cloth
Grease Stains on Furniture
Absorb grease on furniture by pouring salt on the spill immediately.
Rusted Metal Furniture
Remove rust on metal furniture by rubbing turpentine.
Soiled Upholstery
Rub soiled cotton upholstery fabric with an art-gum eraser
Crack-less Leather
Polish leather with a paste made from one part vinegar and two parts linseed oil to keep it pliable.
Burns on Furniture
Apply mayonnaise to the burned area, let it stand for awhile, and wipe off with a soft cloth.
Ink Stained Leather
Rub cuticle remover into the leather to remove ink stains from leather furniture.
Carved Furniture
Brush furniture polish with an old toothbrush over the carved area.

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  2. Oh my, I didn’t know that mayonnaise could help me remove scratches from my furniture! How do you know that and everything else that you mentioned here? The solutions are great and are very easy to follow! I hope you can help more people with these.

  3. It is very important to keep your home furniture clean. For cleaning spray or pour the homemade solution on a soft cloth never spray directly on the furniture. you should clean the wooden furniture at least once in a week. You should use a wet cloth. Thanks.

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  4. My, mayonnaise can actually remove those furniture scratches? Thank you for these practical tips! These are very useful especially for garden patio furniture items! Much thanks to you!

  5. Thanks for that updated info, a fantastic service for everyone. More power to you!