In stores, many products are often harmful to health and the environment. Take advantage of greener solutions, thanks to these 12 tricks of maintenance of wooden furniture.
Is your teak or rosewood furniture dull?
- Mix 300ml (1 cup and a quarter) of beer, 15g (1 tablespoon) of melted beeswax and 10g (2 tsp) of sugar;
- Apply a thin coat of this preparation with a brush;
- Let it dry;
- Shine with a woolen cloth.
- Brush regularly your walnut furniture with milk: patterns and coloring will stand out.
- If the wood is scratched, rub the damaged areas with a half-walnut: the result is miraculous!
- Ebony surfaces will become dull if they are brushed with petroleum jelly. Leave to act, remove the residue, and then shine with a woolen cloth.
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The oak can be maintained with hot blond beer.
- Apply it to the wood, and then shine with a woolen cloth;
- Gently sand the recalcitrant stains with sandpaper;
- Apply turpentine;
- Brush with a protective varnish.
5. Matt Wood
Matt or rough wood absorbs dirt.
- If it meets liquid, it may swell. Wipeout stains quickly with a damp cloth or sand them with very fine sandpaper.
6. Wood varnished
Prepare a wax to maintain raw or varnished wood:
- Melt 300g (2 / 3lb) of beeswax in a bain-marie;
- When it has cooled slightly, add 300 ml (1 cup and a quarter) of turpentine, then let it harden;
- Apply small quantities to the wood and wipe with a clean cloth.
7. Old wood
- Particularly fragile, antique wooden furniture should never be exposed to direct sunlight. Most often, just dust them.
- Maintain the beeswax paginated furniture, specially designed to protect the antique furniture for a long time.
- Ban the polishing products, which clog the wood.
8. Rattan and wicker
- Dust off rush, rattan, bamboo or water hyacinth furniture that has not been treated with the vacuum cleaner, then rub them with a mop and a brush dipped in slightly soapy water, where you can pour a drop of ammonia.
- The furniture will be more resistant if you brush them once a year with salt water.
- Then the braided part by rubbing with half a lemon or a mixture of salt and vinegar. Rinse with clean water.
- The seats will regain their original shape if you brush them with hot water.
- If you treat the underside of your furniture with lemon essential oil, you will prevent it from drying out.
9. Remove a stain of wax from the wood
- Melt the wax residue with a hairdryer.
- Remove the wax with absorbent paper;
- Wipe with a mixture of water and vinegar in equal parts.
10. Water stain and halo on wood
Remove water stains with toothpaste – you can mix a little bit of baking soda.
- If the wood is clear, rub the trace with a Brazil nut.
- If it is dark, make a mixture of cold ash and vegetable oil and apply it with a cork.
- Rub the halos left by glasses with a mixture of butter, mayonnaise, and ash.
11. Scratches on wood
Small scratches will disappear if you apply wax of the same color as the wood.
- On light wood, you can use Vaseline or mix 5ml (1 tsp) of oil and 5ml (1 tsp) of vinegar.
- If it is dark, replace the vinegar with red wine.
12. House polish
- 50g (1 / 8lb) of beeswax;
- 150ml (2/3 cup) of turpentine.
- Pour the wax and turpentine into a jar with a screw-on lid;
- Put it in a basin and fill it with hot water;
- Shake the jar until both products form a paste.
Avoid expensive, toxic and non-ecological products by following these green and natural tricks. A regular maintenance of your wooden furniture will allow you to extend their life and keep them in good condition.