Some evenings leave us with memories of happiness and, sometimes, traces, marks, scrapes and scratches on furniture and wood floors. Let us keep the marks of affection in our hearts and make the traces of annoying incidents disappear.
Identify the finish (or lack of finish) on the furniture or floor before choosing a maintenance product.
1. Glass rings on furniture
stone Pumice stone is a mild liquid abrasive used for cleaning varnished or lacquered furniture. It does not scratch surfaces and can remove scratches and dark circles from glass.
Use: 1. Pour the liquid pumice stone on a cloth, then rub in a circular motion the surface to be cleaned.
2. Repeat the operation, but this time rubbing in the direction of the wood.
3. Finish by wiping the surface with a clean cloth.
wood If the furniture wood is waxed, you can, using steel wool 000, rub gently to heat the wax, this helps to reduce the dark circles.
2. Light scratch on furniture and wooden floor
Erase scratches for light or dark wood
Sliding a piece of furniture on the wooden floor, a frenzied dance, an object dragged on a furniture, these are all situations that can cause scratches on wood. To camouflage scuff marks or superficial snags, the Scratch Remover product from the Secret du Métier range of products is effective. This product is used on the existing finish. It does not affect the patina, so that old furniture retains its original value.
1. Spread the product with a cloth, then wipe off the excess.
The dark colored product is recommended for walnut, mahogany, cherry and other dark woods. The light colored one is recommended for maple, pine, oak and other light woods.
3. Wood marks on furniture and floors
touch-up sticks For deeper marks, snags and sides of wood, the use of touch-up sticks is favorable. These sticks camouflage the snag by filling it with a wax that resembles the color of wood.
Several companies manufacture them and offer ranges of colors ranging from light to dark. These many choices allow you to find the stick that most closely matches the color of the furniture or wood floor.
1. Choose the color that best matches the color of the wood.
2. Fill the cavity by rubbing with the stick until the cavity is full.
3. Wipe off the excess with a cloth.
You can apply varnish, lacquer or urethane on the repair.
Hollow in the wood
You dropped an object on a piece of furniture or a floor that caused a hollow in the wood. The hot iron method can, in several cases, remove the hollow by restoring the wood fibers to their original shape. However, depending on how the fibers are driven into the wood, the gap may remain apparent. The only way to know if it will work is to try it out.
Be careful not to scorch the wood.
1. Cover the recess with a damp cloth wide enough so that the iron does not touch the wood.
2. Apply the iron, position without steam, on the cloth. The heat will create steam which will expand the pores of the wood. The cloth should not dry, rewet it if necessary.
3. Check if the wood fibers return to their shape.
4. Repeat the operation if necessary.
The use of sealer is suitable for more serious damage in wood, such as a hollow or a deep cut. You will find in store tinted fillers and others that can be tinted. It is also possible to mix fillers of different colors to obtain intermediate colors.
1. Fill the hole with the sealer and wipe off the excess around the hole. If the hole is deep, for best results, it is better to apply several coats while allowing the product to dry between coats.
Never scrape off the wax that has fallen on a piece of furniture or a wooden floor; you risk scratching the surface. On varnished wood, moisten a soft cloth with hot water and rub in the round, without staying too long in one place. On unvarnished wood, cover your stain with thick blotting paper and iron with lukewarm iron.
Use silicone-free cleaning products that do not leave a sticky build-up.
Furniture or wooden floors that show signs of wear, dryness, cracking suffer from a lack of maintenance. The situation must be corrected quickly before the damage becomes irreparable.