Thursday, 30 August 2012
Furniture Repair Tips, Hints & Tricks
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.
Rub mayonnaise into scratches on furniture with your finger, let it stand, and remove with a soft cloth.
For a deep scratch, break a walnut or pecan meat in half, and rub the scratch with the broken side of the nut.
Slip an old woollen sock over your hand, spray with polish, and run you hand over furniture to dust easily.
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
A piece of foam rubber glued under the legs of furniture will keep it from sliding on the floor
Turn redwood furniture upside down and nail a metal bottle cap to the bottom of each leg. It will slide easily across the patio.
Paint or stain a small picnic table (the kind with attached benches) to use as inexpensive and attractive kitchen furniture.
To remove rust spots on wrought iron, use oily furniture polish.
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
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.
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.
To cover scratches in mahogany, cover the mark with iodine and then furniture polish.
Scratches on ebony can be covered with black liquid shoe polish or black eyebrow pencil.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remove alcohol stains on furniture with olive oil and dry with soft cloth
Absorb grease on furniture by pouring salt on the spill immediately.
Remove rust on metal furniture by rubbing turpentine.
Rub soiled cotton upholstery fabric with an art-gum eraser
Polish leather with a paste made from one part vinegar and two parts linseed oil to keep it pliable.
Apply mayonnaise to the burned area, let it stand for awhile, and wipe off with a soft cloth.
Rub cuticle remover into the leather to remove ink stains from leather furniture.
Brush furniture polish with an old toothbrush over the carved area.
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