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Many of us love the charm and timelessness of wood and prefer wooden furniture at our homes. Those of us who have pieces of wooden furniture also face challenges with maintaining the look of the wood – water marks or rings, scratches and a dull look can mar the appearance of wooden furniture over time. Here we list out some easy remedies, using regular products that we use at home, for taking care of your wooden furniture.
Note: Ensure that all the home remedies listed below are first tested on a small patch of your furniture piece – only if you are satisfied with the effect it has on the wood should you go ahead with using the polish/cleaning agent on the entire piece of furniture.
Water and vinegar: 1 cup of filtered water can be mixed with 3 tbsp of distilled white vinegar and this combination can be used for cleaning wooden furniture before polishing and restoring the same.
Beer: Wooden furniture can be polished with stale or old, flat beer. This can be done by dipping a soft, clean cloth into stale beer and wringing it to ensure that it is just damp and then rubbing the wood with this cloth. The area should then be dried with a new cloth – the final effect is that the wood gets a bright, shiny look.
Olive oil and lemon juice: Mix 1 cup of cold pressed olive oil with ½ cup of lemon juice. Apply this liquid on a soft polish cloth. Rub this soft cloth on the furniture. This combination is suitable for regular cleaning of wooden furniture. Vinegar and Olive Oil: This combination (1 part vinegar with 3 parts of olive oil) is very effective for wiping out scratches on wooden furniture. This mixture can be applied using a soft cloth and then the area can be dried with the help of a dry cloth which will also help in bringing in the shine.
Black tea: Steep three or four black tea bags in a cup of boiling water until the water has cooled. Remove the tea bags and, using a cotton cloth, wipe down your furniture. No rinsing is needed. Tannins, a compound present in black tea, will remove the residue from dull furniture to reveal wood’s natural beauty.
Mayonnaise: As surprising as this may sound, mayonnaise is very effective as a furniture cleaner and polishing agent. To use mayonnaise for polishing, spread a generous layer of mayonnaise with a spatula and allow it to sit for several hours on the piece of furniture -- preferably overnight. When you wipe off the mayonnaise with a soft cloth, the wooden stains will have disappeared.
Using a hair dryer or an iron box – Water ring marks on wooden tables can be removed with the help of a hair dryer or an iron box. A blow dryer can be set on high and held close to the stain. This should help in getting the stain removed. Another option is to put a pillow cover or t-shirt or bed sheet on the stain, put your iron on a low to medium setting and iron away! The mark should disappear in some time since the gentle heat of the iron releases the moisture trapped in the wood into the cloth.