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DIY MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR YOUR WOODEN FURNITURE
Want to give that extra zing back to your wooden furniture? To prevent being the life of the party by falling off your wooden chair, we have some easy and extremely affordable Do It Yourself (DIY) tips, which will help you avoid chasing the time-allergic and money-attracted carpenters and specialists. So here are a few elite urban survival tips that will save you some time and money. Knock on wood.
- Wobbling tables/chairs
- Turn the table/chair over in pure Kung Fu style, put a blob of sealant/ paper padding on the bottom of the wobbly leg. Then flip the table over with aforementioned martial arts skill and it should be stable. Inner peace.
- Poke the surface of the dent several times with a fine-point needle (surgical precision or doctorate degree not required) and then cover with a moistened cloth. Put your iron on low heat and iron the cloth until it begins to steam. Much like your sense of self-confidence rising, the moisture will infiltrate the wood and swell the wood fibres, filling out the dent. The steam will raise the grain so you’ll need to lightly sand after raising the dent. Again, like your self-confidence.
- Water rings
- Drip a few drops of machine oil on the surface of the wood and mix in some ground pumice (available at hardware or home centres) to make a loose paste. Rub the paste around the rings with the tip of your finger until the rings are gone, then wipe off the paste with a damp cloth and dry the surface. Then buy a truck load of coasters and make a table out of them to never have the problem again. Poor interior design choice? Progressive living is what I say.
- Fading polish
- Wax on. Wax off. Words to live by if you remember The Karate Kid. Remove any excess wax build up from the previous polish. Lightly wipe the entire surface that needs polishing with a wax remover. After months of training in extreme conditions (not really), coat the surface of the wood sparingly with polish. After giving the polish some time to absorb (usually about 15-20 minutes), wipe off excess wax with a clean, dry cloth. Furniture looks as good as new and you have now attained the title of Master Polisher to put on to your wall.