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11 Tips for Restoring Furniture

This post was updated on October 16, 2019.

Making furniture look like new

The furniture in our homes receives a lot of abuse depending on the length of time you own it, how many people live in your home, and how often the furniture is used.

Keep it looking its best by trying these easy tips and tricks to bring back the luster and have it looking like new! Accidents happen so keep these tips on hand to easily combat whatever your furniture goes through.

1. Candle Wax on Furniture

To remove candle wax drippings from the surfaces of furniture, use a hairdryer to soften the dried wax. Slide a plastic knife under the chunks of wax and slowly remove them. Finish by using a damp cloth to remove any excess wax.

You can also hold a cube of ice on the wax, let it get hard, then repeat the plastic knife process!

2. Burns on Furniture

Apply mayonnaise to the burned area, let it stand for 5 minutes or until soaked into fabric, then wipe off with a soft cloth. The black marks left from a burn will start to become loosened from the fabric and can be easily removed with your fingernail.

Using a razor, cut a piece of fabric the size of the burn from an area that cannot be seen. Attach the new piece of fabric to the burn with fabric glue. Trim the fabric to fit inside the burn. The burn hole is now repaired, crisis averted!

3. White Water Rings on Furniture

To remove white water rings left on furniture by water, rub the spot with petroleum jelly. Let it stand 24 hours, then rub into the wood with a soft cloth. Wipe off any excess and polish as usual.

4. Soiled Upholstery

Rub soiled cotton upholstery fabric with an art-gum eraser to loosen the stain and help eliminate. Rub area until clean.

5. Alcohol Stains on Furniture

Remove alcohol stains on furniture by rubbing a small amount of olive oil onto affected area. Use a dry soft cloth to work the rest of the oil in, removing the alcohol stain.

6. Wrought Iron Furniture

Remove rust spots on wrought iron furniture
Remove rust spots on wrought iron furniture

Overtime, wrought iron furniture will begin to rust. Remove the rust spots by using an oily furniture polish. The oil hydrates the area, making it easy to wipe off the rust.

7. Removing Scratches

Rub mayonnaise into scratches on furniture with your finger, let it stand, and remove it with a soft cloth.

8. Nicks and Scratches on Dark Wood

Mix enough water with instant coffee to make a thick paste. Rub it into the scratch or nick, let it dry, then rub off the excess with a soft cloth. Wax as usual.

9. Deep Scratches

For a deep scratch, use a walnut or pecan. Cut the nut in half and rub the scratch with the broken side, filling in the wood. You can then polish as usual.

10. Scratched Ebony

Scratches on ebony furniture can be covered with black liquid shoe polish or a black eyebrow pencil.

11. Ink Stained Leather

Rub nail cuticle remover into the leather to remove ink stains from leather furniture.

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Posted by Stephanie

on in Guides


A lover of all types of design, Stephanie brings over 9 years of experience with interior design and seating. From modern to transitional, she loves any design that exudes comfort and elegance.