The elegance and distinction that can bring to our house Wooden furniture it has no comparison with any other material. Wood is one of the few materials that can give a tone of warmth and naturalness to the spaces where we place it without at any time adding anything artificial to the environment. It is also a very durable material and hardly any design, as long as it is wood it goes out of fashion. It does not happen as we know with other types of materials such as metal or compounds such as methacrylate. Wood remains the preferred option in almost every home. Today we want to help you make your wooden furniture last for many years with you. We will give you some tips for removing stains from its surface, especially grease and oil. These last two require special treatment, let’s see!
As we said, wooden furniture needs special attention. With the rest of the materials we can be less careful, but in order for the wood to look, it needs care. It is in a way a material very affected by the conditions that surround it. Ultimately, it is a material of a living being. Therefore, the most important thing in the case of wood is prevention rather than cure. When it comes to cleaning, for example, wooden furniture needs more than just a wipe.
It is not good to clean them only with water, because we can remove the protective layer from the furniture. The ideal way to clean them (not every day, but every now and then) is to mix four parts of linseed oil with two parts of turpentine in a bowl of fairly hot water. Turpentine and water will clean our wood. The oil will give it a nice finish. When cleaning wood, a dry microfiber cloth is better than rags or powders. Likewise, we will be attentive to cleaning and carrying out any process with the grain of the wood.
We must keep in mind that the sunlight helps to whiten the wood. Important if you want a piece of furniture to retain its original appearance and color for a long time. Ideally, we inquire about the type of wood in the furniture. For example, for the walnut, the ideal is to clean it with a cloth soaked in milk. In short, each wood is different and the details are important.
How to remove stains from wood furniture
Among all the prevention tips when treating wooden furniture, keep them dry it’s the first. Any contact of the furniture and its surface with all types of humidity must be avoided. This includes the one of the objects that we will support on them. We will therefore always try to use protectors so that the surfaces are not in direct contact with the wood. We must remember this even if the surface of a container with liquid is dry. The condensation process can cause water to penetrate the wood and absorb it, leaving a mark.
The ideal is to clean the wood every day or every two days at most if you want it to be perfect. We will use a dry cotton cloth. To make them look better, there are, as you know, cream and aerosol products.
If we need to delete one moisture stain, shoe polish oil works well. After applying it to the surface, we will remove what is left and rub it so that it integrates with the surface. Another option is to apply mayonnaise after lightly sanding the surface.
When cleaning wood it should be understood that almost all stains are reversible. For example, stains produced by “harsh” liquids such as tea or coffee can be resolved. We will moisturize the surface by applying something damp and then we will clean. The same goes for stains produced by alcohol.
How to remove oil stains from wood furniture
Oil stains on our wooden furniture is a tough enemy to beat. To begin with, we must use good detergent to treat it. We will apply it with hot water, all mixed well until it foams. With a damp cloth (making sure to remove excess water), we will always rub the surface in the direction of the wood grain. The next step will be to rinse the surface with another cloth dampened only with water. It is important that, finally, we dry the surface well to prevent water from entering the surface.
Another method is to apply heat with a hair dryer. This will make the oil take temperature and it is easier to remove when it regains its liquid consistency. Then with absorbent paper we will try to impregnate it with happy oil. Finally, with a piece of cotton, we will cover the surface. This piece of cotton should be moistened with hydrogen peroxide. We will probably have to repeat the process a few more times, but we need to make sure to allow enough time for it to dry. Otherwise, we will add moisture and replace an oil stain with a moisture stain.
How to remove grease stains from wood furniture
Grease spots usually appear wood that has not been previously protected. If we use the furniture in question to eat regularly, the tragedy is served. First of all, make sure to protect the surface with a tablecloth to prevent this. If it’s too late, there’s nothing to worry about. Grease stains can also be removed.
The liquids in this case will be water and ammonia. In this case and overall, it is always best to wear gloves for work. We will put a little ammonia on a cloth and we will apply it on the surface. As with the rest of the products, we will avoid applying them in excess so that absorption does not occur. We will rub the surface in the direction of the grain. If it still persists, we can mix water with a little ash. We will mix it with a little lighter gasoline. We can get it at tobacconists and bazaars. We will apply the mixture with a cloth, carefully avoiding excess. It is important to never apply the mixture directly to the surface. Then, as always, we will dry it and give it a glossy treatment with a specific product for the type of wood we are treating.
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