Fine, handcrafted Amish furniture is made to last, yet even the most durable surfaces suffer knicks and scratches over years of use. Though wear and tear are signs of a life well lived, they can mar the beauty of a piece. If you’re not sure how to fix furniture, you may be tempted to strip the stain off of your oak bedframe, maple coffee table, or rustic cherry dining table and start over. Fortunately, thanks to these quick fixes, you won’t need to resort to such drastic measures.
Wipe Away Water Stains With Denatured Alcohol
Water stains are the bane of any wood furniture owner’s existence, as they’re easy to come by but difficult to remove. If the rings are still white, barely dampen a soft cloth with denatured alcohol and gently wipe it along the surface. Be careful to not use too much alcohol, as doing so can dull the finish.
Cover Scratches With Your Favorite Morning Beverage
Both coffee and tea work wonders on small furniture scratches and imperfections. If you’re a tea drinker, place a black tea bag in a mug and spoon a few drops of hot water onto it. Let it steep for two to three minutes, or however long it takes for the bag to reach the same color shade as the wood’s stain. Dab a cotton swab into the tea and then gently swipe it along the scratch. Be careful not to get any tea onto surrounding surfaces, as it will dye those areas as well.
If your finish is darker, use instant coffee. Make a thick paste of water and coffee grounds and then rub the paste into the grooves.
Use Olive Oil and Vinegar to Repair Furniture
If your furniture is too far gone for the coffee or tea trick to work, you can still turn to your kitchen for the ingredients you need to restore your furniture. Mix half a cup of vinegar with half a cup of olive oil and use a soft cloth to wipe the solution along the surface in question.
Rub Out Scratches With Mineral Oil and Pumice
If the smell of vinegar turns your stomach, try a less potent mixture of mineral oil and the powder version of pumice. Use extra-fine-grade steel wool to buff the solution into the damaged area. Wipe the solution away and then use a dry cloth to smooth the surface.
Use Sandpaper and Wax To Fill Deep Gouges
Sometimes, wood imperfections go deeper than a scratch. In these cases, the aforementioned tricks won’t work, and a more intensive, four-step process might be necessary:
- Level the area surrounding the gouge with 600-grit sandpaper.
- Choose a wax stick that closely matches the color of your stain. If necessary, blend two or more colors. Rub the wax over the gouge until it is filled with wax.
- Take a credit card and wipe it over the gouge. The goal is to remove any excess wax without removing wax from the imperfection.
- Apply a coat of paste wax over the entirety of the surface to ensure the repair holds and that it is unnoticeable.
The furniture made by Gish’s Furniture is the highest quality wood furniture available. However, as previously mentioned, knicks and scratches occur naturally over tim. Use these tips to wipe away existing scratches and to keep your furniture looking as new as the day you first brought it home.