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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Removing Stains and Spills From Furniture

Wicker table and chairs and how to clean stains.

You spend a lot of time looking on line and walking through stores to get a piece of furniture you think will look best in your living room, family room, outdoor patio space, etc. When you buy a piece of furniture to expect it to last years, unfortunately spills will happen and furniture left outside will need cleaning.

Wicker Furniture

Wicker furniture is very attractive, making your space feel calm and special. It can be used in the home or outside on a patio.

If you're thinking of purchasing wicker furniture, don’t deprive yourself just because you think it’s going to be hard to clean. It isn't that bad.

If you have purchased some wicker furniture and it needs cleaning, here are a few tools you will need for getting the job done.

* Toothbrush.
* A paint brush with short bristles or you can take a regular paint brush and cut the bristles about half way.
* Cleaning rag.
* A medium stiff bristle brush.

Cleaning Wicker

Remove the dust and/or debris by vacuuming it first.
In a bucket mix 2 tablespoons ammonia to each gallon of water.
Use the medium stiff bristle brush or the cleaning rag to clean the furniture. The bristle brush can be used for heavier duty cleaning and you don’t want to use a lot of pressure just enough to get the job done.
Keep the amount of water you use to a minimum so you don’t drench the wicker as this could possibly damage it; making it limp.
Use the toothbrush or paint brush to get in the nooks and crannies.
Rinse with clean water when you are done and dry with absorbent towels.

Here is another article for removing mold and mildew from outdoor wicker furniture.

Removing Water Stains from Wood Furniture

Water stains or ring spots are caused by minerals that are naturally present in the water and when left on the surface and allowed to air dry, a stain happens. So remember these spots can be eliminated completely by wiping surfaces dry.

Using a Dry Iron

The heat from the iron will soften the minerals in the water enough so you can then wipe them away.
Set the iron to medium high and don’t use the steam setting. Get a clean, lint free rag and place it over the water stain. When the iron has heated up, run it over the cloth that is covering the stain for just a few seconds.
Pick up the rag and check the water stain. Repeat as necessary. Polish or wax furniture when finished.

Removing White Water Marks

You can use regular white toothpaste (not the gel kind) to remove white water marks on your furniture. Toothpaste has very fine abrasives and is an effective way to clean these spots.
Slightly dampen a clean rag and apply a small amount of white toothpaste then gently rub into the water mark. Dampen a clean section of the rag with water to remove the stain and any of the toothpaste that is remaining. Polish as you normally would.

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