Your wood furniture can stand the test of time if you know how to take care of it. Over time even the most expertly crafted pieces of wood furniture can suffer from mars, stains and scratches. These can be easily removed and your precious furniture returned to its original condition. When you know the right techniques, not stains or scratches have a prayer of remaining.
Rings on you furniture from water are very frustrating but with just a simple application of some household items they will magically disappear. All you need is some mayonnaise, olive oil, vegetable oil, petroleum jelly and some non-hardening putty designed for wood.
To remove the white rings left from water all you will need is a light application of any of the ingredients mentioned except for the wood putty. Wood putty is intended for more serious repairs. Apply the vegetable oil, for instance, on the mark for a night and then the next day polish it away with a soft cloth. This should remove or at least seriously reduce any kind of water damage.
If the furniture damage happens to be more severe like gouges or scarring then the non-hardening wood putty should take care of the problem. The putty needs to be a match to the color of the wood of the furniture. For damage from heat the easiest solution is to use lemon juice to take away the stain.
Ever have a paper bag or a wet newspaper stuck to your wood furniture? Once the paper dries it is like glue and really hard to remove. Try using some baby oil and leave it soak in for a night then in the morning you will be able to remove any remnant of the paper that was stuck to the wood. They will now come off without any effort.
When there is any smoking in your home the nicotine from the cigarettes will leave a very unpleasant trace of a yellow substance. This is not healthy and not attractive. It builds up in yellowish brown layers on your wood furniture.
To remove nicotine residue first take about a quarter cup of the vegetable oil and thin it out in a gallon of warm water. Then dissolve 2 tbsp. Of baking soda and mix it thoroughly. Then with a soft cloth and the solution scrub the wood of your furniture in small areas at a time. Keep rinsing the cloth as you work on the wood.
Any places of the wood that actually feels sticky as you do the scrubbing needs special attention. Add little bit of the vegetable oil soap to your scrub cloth and massage it into the sticky area. The sticky area is actually either the nicotine or wax build up or just dirt that is going away as you wash.
Use a clean dampened cloth that has been dipped into the plain warm water. Keep repeating the process until the sticky places disappear. Use the vegetable oil instead of furniture polish once a week.