Just how do you remove those tough wooden furniture stains?
Wooden home furniture pieces are often the central features of any home. From dining tables and small stalls, to coffee tables and tv stands, wooden furniture can be found throughout a home and offers an organic feel. Now as wood is a natural material, it needs to be treated and looked after to keep it in good shape and condition. And whilst that may happen, mystery marks and stains can still appear on your furniture (friends not used a coaster or split their drink) and these can be super annoying. And so to restore your wooden furniture back to its best, read on for some great tips and advice that you can use to remove your marks and stains from home furniture.
How to remove water stains from your wooden furniture
Now water stains can often produce an unattractive white circle on your wooden furniture surfaces. But don't worry to much, there are several options that you can opt for to help get the stain off.
- Petroleum jelly is a great option and many households will have this tucked up in a cupboard. Apply a small amount of the jelly onto the stain and let it sit for several hours. Then wipe it away and the stain will hopefully come with it.
- Your next option is to use non-gel toothpaste. Specifically, add some of the toothpaste onto a soft cloth and apply this to the stain by rubbing it in using circular motions. Wipe clean with a different damp cloth and let the wood dry before applying furniture polish and assessing its success.
- The final option is to create a paste using equal amounts of baking soda and water. Rub this paste in circular motions onto the stain until you can no longer see it. The paste can then be wiped away.
How to remove dark stains from your wooden furniture
Now, darker stains often mean that the wood has endured greater damage and thus, it is harder to remove these stains from the surface. Commonly, it is caused through liquid sitting on the surface for a while and seeping through the surface or fairly hot items have been placed on it. Whilst they are hard to remove, it can still be done.
- You'll want to sand down the surface area to strip back the surface that has been penetrated. We recommend using 100-grit sandpaper to sand this down but remember to be gentle and not to apply great pressure and work with the grain of the wood. Once the stain has been sanded out, you'll need to resurface and varnish the furniture by applying several layers of wax or oil that matches the finish of the furniture.
- Alternatively, you could use bleach by dipping a brush into the bleach solution and applying this to the stained area. Brush over the stain before leaving it to soak for a few hours as the stain switches back to its original tones. The bleach can then be removed from the surface using a damp cloth or sponge and apply vinegar to stop further diminishing. Wait for the surface to dry and then finish with a coat of furniture stain.
How to remove heat stains from your wooden furniture
Heat stains commonly appear as white marks on the surface of the wooden furniture and so read on for our tip on how to remove this.
- Mix some non-gel toothpaste and baking soda together to create a paste and rub this into the wood with a damp cloth. When the paste begins to feel warm, wipe it away and dry the surface straight away. This process may need to be repeated a few more times to completely remove the stain, but patience is important here! It might then be a good idea to revitalise the surface once the stain has gone, with wax or oil.
And so there are some common tips and tricks to remove your wooden furniture stains. It must be said that these aren't 100% certain to work but do definitely give them a try because they have been known to be effective. Of course, keep using those coasters to protect your furniture and try not to spill the drinks! Also make sure to check out Ruby's range of wooden home furniture and all our other relevant blogs that are sure to keep you busy reading.