You’ll need to get a cotton swab, dip it in moist coffee grounds, and then apply it to the scratches in the wood. Wait for about 10 minutes and wipe the surface with a dry cotton towel. This works mainly for darker wood furniture. For light-colored wood, simply rub a walnut over the scratched area and let it sit for a few moments before wiping it with a dry cloth.
If your wooden furniture has stains that won’t go away, prepare a solution of ¼ cup of canola oil and ¾ cup of white vinegar. Mix the solution well and apply it to the stained surface with a cotton or microfiber cloth. After a few minutes, you’ll notice that the stains are fading away, and the old furniture regains its luster.
If your wooden furniture’s varnish was damaged, but the paint is still intact, you can fix it with clear nail polish. Apply the nail polish to the damaged area and let it dry for about 10 minutes. Afterward, use fine sandpaper to flatten the area until it shines again.
Some furniture becomes damaged beyond conventional repair, be it from scratches or deep stains. A great solution is to cover the surfaces with a wallpaper, giving the piece a new, chic look. Simply cut the wallpaper to match the surfaces, apply wood glue to the wood using a brush and gently place the wallpaper on it. Once the wallpaper has been set, use a ruler to push any air bubbles that may have gotten trapped under the wallpaper.
If your wooden furniture has lost their shine from years of use or due to sun-damage, you can give them a cheap, non-toxic polish that will protect the wood and make it shine again. All you need to do is apply olive oil on the wood, using a microfiber cloth and watch how the old piece shines new again.
Not everyone s coasters, and the results are often unsightly water rings on your coffee table. What most people don’t know is that the solution is very simple: apply mayonnaise on the stain and leave it there for about half an hour. Once you wipe it off, you’ll see that the stain is gone.
The longer plastic furniture stays outside; the more stains and sun damage is visible on it. Before you decide to throw the old thing to the garbage, try bleaching it first: Fill a bucket with hot water, pour in ¼ cup of bleach and scrub the piece. Make sure to wear gloves, as bleach is not good for your skin. Once you’re done, wipe the whole thing with a piece of cloth. (Better use a white one because it will get bleached)
Your favorite leather couch or lazyboy may have collected many stains during the years. The good news is that they leather can look new, simply by spraying it with WD40 (a lubricant). After spraying, with the WD40 off with a dry cloth to remove any stains and grime.
If you have an old piece of wooden furniture whose color faded considerably, you don’t have to repaint it. Use a small amount of coconut oil and dab it on the piece, and then rub it into the wood in circular motions. You’ll notice how the deep color returns and the oil adds a layer of protection to the wood.
Wooden furniture can get dented easily, and these dents often feel there’s nothing you can do about them. However, there is a technique to fixing dents in the wood, which takes some time but works wonders: First, pour water over the dented area. Place a kitchen towel or an old shirt over the area, and place the hot iron over the towel. The heat will cause the water to be absorbed into the wood, causing the wood to swell. After a few minutes, check the area and repeat if necessary. Once the dent is barely visible, use sandpaper to smooth the area out.
In cases of deeper cracks and scratches, or when there’s a particularly stubborn stain in the wood, you can use a special repair marker. Make sure that the marker matches the color of the piece and lightly apply it to the affected area. Take care not to apply the marker to areas that don’t require fixing.
By rubbing hair conditioner to stainless steel surfaces, using a damp cloth, you will be able to restore their shine with ease.
The longer you use them, the more your sofa’s pillows get squashed, losing their shape. There’s no need to run to the store and buy a new sofa. Unzip the pillows or open the seams if there isn’t a zipper, shake the stuffing well (if it’s worn out – replace it) and add more stuffing if needed. It’s that simple.
Picture frames, door and drawer handles, vases and other copper knickknacks that have become dull and tarnished can be restored with ease. If you are unsure if the metal is indeed copper, test it with a magnet (copper is not magnetic). Now, mix the juice from ½ a lemon with 2 tsp. of baking soda until the solution is consistent. Rub the mixture onto the copper until the grime comes off, and then wipe the solution off with a microfiber or cotton cloth.