How to Refinish Wood Furniture and Remove Scratches

Wood is a wonderful furniture material; if you don’t love the pieces you have, you can refinish them and remove scratches. This practice will allow you to transform your existing furniture pieces into new items, and you will fall in love with your furniture all over again. 

Refinishing will allow your furniture to look great, and your pieces will no longer appear dinged up and worn. If you notice minor imperfections, don’t get rid of beautiful pieces of wood furniture; you can bring them back to life by following a few simple steps. Whether your furniture is outdated or has been handed down through generations and is not in the best condition, refinishing will rejuvenate the wood, transforming your furniture from old and worn to stylish.

Undoing Years of Wear and Tear

Years of wear and tear will cause scratch marks and discoloration, but solid pieces of wood furniture don’t always have to be sanded and re-stained. In some cases, using vinegar will do wonders when removing scratches and refinishing wood furniture, and this simple product will provide you with excellent results.

It may be tempting to go out and buy polish, but the problem with this idea is that polish only looks great temporarily after you’ve cleaned your furniture, and once it dries, the cracks will come back, and your wood furniture will look just like it did before it was polished. 

Household Products for Wood Refinishing

Instead of buying products, look around your house because you may already have the best solution to refinish wood furniture. A ½ cup of vinegar and ½ a cup of olive oil are perfect, and mixing these two ingredients together will help scratches disappear. Use a soft cloth to dip and rub the mixture on your wood furniture—prepare to be pleasantly surprised!

Vinegar is acidic and will cut through dirt and grime to clean the wood very well. Olive oil will seep into the wood to cover scratches and minor abrasions, also adding moisture back into the wood to help restore colour.

A lint-free rag is recommended and once you rub your vinegar/oil solution over the piece of furniture, allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. After this, you can take a dry cloth and wipe the excess moisture away. This easy hack will restore your furniture, and you will be surprised at how well a few household items can work. In many cases, they will work better than a cleaning or refinishing product you can purchase at the store. 

At JENSO Upholstery, we are often approached by individuals looking to restore their wood furniture. While we are happy to provide some DIY tips, we do not provide wood restoration or refinishing services; our specialty lies in upholstery, adding comfort and style to any piece of furniture. Breathe new life into your old pieces of furniture with JENSO 905-842-2778.

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