The finish of wood furniture serves as its protective coating, but stains can ruin its surface. There is no need to panic, though, if you saw liquid marks, stains or blemish on your wood furniture. Removing the stains is fairly easy to regain its natural patina. Here are the steps on how to get those liquid marks or stains off your wood modern furniture.
Step 1 –Determine the damage. The stain and liquid mark color will give you a clue on the extent of damage. Liquid or steam stains and marks are normally white or light-colored. This indicates that the extent of damage is not too deep. They only permeated into the polished or waxed surface. Dark-colored stains indicate that the water has permeated into the wood itself, which needs more work.
Step 2 – Use an oily furniture polish on the affected area to displace the liquid mark. You can also use petroleum jelly or mayonnaise. Proceed to step 6 if the liquid marks disappears. For stubborn stains, proceed to step 3.
Step 3 – Get a damp cloth and apply just a little amount of toothpaste on it. Rub it gently on the stain until it disappears. Most toothpaste contains a mild abrasive that can help in getting rid of the stain. (That is why we use toothpaste on our teeth.) Proceed to step 6 if the toothpaste works. If it did not, proceed to step 4.
Step 4 – If the liquid marks remain stubborn, mix equal amounts of toothpaste and baking soda. The amount will depend on the size of the liquid marks. Normally ¼ or ½ teaspoon of both ingredients is enough to remove the stain. By mixing these two ingredients, you will be able to create a moderately stronger, but still a gentle abrasive. Put it on a wet cloth and rub it with a little pressure on the stained surface of the wood modern furniture. Proceed to step 6, if the stains were removed; if the stains remain stubborn, proceed to step 5.
Step 5 – Clean the affected area thoroughly. Get a soft cloth and dip it into a mild solvent. Mineral spirits or odorless paint thinner will do. Wring off excess moisture from the cloth and rub it lightly on the stain until it disappears.
Test the solvent first on a hidden area of the wood furniture, such as the underside of the table top, the leg area or the inferior back area of your modern wood furniture. The solvent is safe to use if the furniture finish did not soften upon application. Do not use it, though, if the finish melted.
Step 6 – If the liquid mark has disappeared, get a paste wax. Put a thin layer of wax on a clean, soft cloth and apply it on the table, chair, drawer, chest, buffet, etc. Paste wax needs a little pressure on application, but it gives your modern furniture a better, longer-lasting finish compared to cream or liquid wax.
Leave it on the surface for 30 minutes to allow the paste wax to dry. Get a new soft, clean cloth to wipe the surface until you obtain a rich, smooth finish.
So, the next time you get those water stains, keep calm and remember to follow the above steps to get back the original look of your wood modern furniture, as if nothing happened.