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Repairing white spots or rings on wood furniture

Even if you take precious care of your solid wood furniture, sometimes accidents do happen. Thankfully, many of them can be repaired with a little loving care.

One of the most common damages is white spots or rings on a wood table. These can be formed from hot dishes placed directly on solid wood or from condensation from cold glasses. To remove them, first try polishing the affected area with liquid furniture polish. You can also use ethanol; however, use a very mild concentration of alcohol. Too much will damage the finish.

Another way to remove the stains or rings is to lay a damp tea towel over the area and run an iron at medium heat across the towel about three times. Peel back the towel and the white marks should be gone.

Lastly, you can try using a mild abrasive solution. You can buy abrasives from home supply stores or make your own by mixing cigarette ashes with vegetable oil, and grinding it into a paste. Rub the mixture over the stained area, running along the grain, and then wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Once you've removed the spot, wax and polish the entire surface.

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Posted in Home Improvement Post Date 02/27/2015






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