The process of aging is not just for living beings but it also affects certain stuff that doesn’t even breathe. Aging for non-living things is mainly associated with wear and tear of the product due to continuous use, weather effect, and chemical processes. Your wooden furniture also loses its luster with time and the reasons are many. Whatever the reason is for your old furniture’s lackluster, there are ways to restore your furniture.
There are age old techniques that have been used from generations but now with so much of research and experience, experts have also come up with easy to implement processes that make your furniture get the sparkle it had at the time of formation.
Deciding the line of action – You can decide your line of action by first applying the mineral spirits on the surface. This will reveal whether your furniture needs an expert care or it can be brought back to its original form on simple cleaning. The mineral oil coating will just give you a rough idea about what it will look like when you would apply the wipe-on after cleaning the surface. If the results are not satisfactory then you may start with cleaning followed by scrapping, crack filling, to final finish.
Clean the surface – Cleaning wooden furniture with soap and water would sound bit weird but it is in fact the best way to clean your furniture accumulating dust and dirt since years. You may use liquid soap mixed with water to clean the surface. A standard sponge would be the best way to scrub the surface gently. If the furniture has carving and molding then a paint brush or any small sized brush with gentle bristles can be used. Don’t go hard on scrubbing as it will damage the finish. Once the soap cleaning is complete, wring-out the same sponge in clear water for final cleaning. Dry the clean surface properly with towel.
Apply Petroleum Jelly – Petroleum jelly application on white rings formed on your veneer finish would rectify the issue to large extent. Using this jelly overnight would make the oils penetrate in the surface where white rings are formed. It would either rectify the issue completely or make it invisible depending on the severity of the damage.
Scrap any external paint stains – Some stains are external and can be removed on gentle scrapping. Using a blade with edges covered with scotch-style tape would work as the scrapper for the paint but won’t touch the wood. Scrap off all the external stains or paint stains to make it ready for the final finish.
If the veneer is chipped at the corners or on the surface then apply putty to cover those edges to make it smooth. Cover the chips and peels to get the even surface before applying the final coat. The putty application would be over only when you have scrapped the surface to remove excess putty for even finish.
Gel stain application – This is the final step. Gel stain application will cover the surface with the whole new coat. You can apply the wipe-on over the finished surface to get the luster and sheen. This will the furniture piece shine like new.
Above steps are tried and tested measures but if you are planning to restore some antique piece of furniture or something really valuable then better take the expert help to get the customized solution.