Restoring Oak furniture

Published: 07th March 2009
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You can restore your furniture and make it look as good as new. Furniture restoration shouldn't be a difficult task, because most of the techniques are easy to learn and apply. For instance, dents are a common feature in most furniture. Dents are generally caused by the compression of fibers of the dented wood. By restoring the fibers back to their normal size and shape, you end up fixing the dent and restoring the furniture.

To undertake furniture restoration by restoring fibers, you are required to first remove the finish over the affected area or better still, prick the area, using a pin to create space for moisture to penetrate and reach the fibers. Next place a wet piece of cloth over the area with a metal cup over it to help prevent any damage to the un-dented areas. Using an iron, subject the area to heat by placing the iron on the metal cap where it will warm the cloth hence release steam evenly on the fibers eventually causing the wood to swell back to its normal shape. Finally polish and wax the area after filling it up with varnish.

Oak furniture restoration may involve lavishing your furniture with love at least once or twice a year by anointing it with beeswax polish using a soft cloth and rubbing it deep using a lint-free piece of cloth. Equally, you can use Danish oil to carry the process of pine furniture restoration on 'thirsty' pine furniture.

To carry out furniture restoration due to scratches that have not gone deep through the wood, you should use a colored oil stain to touch up on the scratched area. This helps in camouflaging the area since the colored oil cannot fill up the scratch. After that you can polish and wax the area evenly.

When you want to do oak furniture restoration because of watermarks, you can repair the affected area without even refinishing but on condition that they appear whitish in color or are white. If the rings appear dark, then it only means the water must have penetrated through the finish to the wood and would require finishing. For white spots, you can dip a rag in denatured alcohol and rub the spot out, if it fails, use camphorated oil in place of denatured alcohol rubbing gently until the stain disappears, or better still you can use turpentine in place of the two if they both fail because some stain can be really stubborn. The same techniques works when one wants to also do pine furniture restoration.

Wax sticks can also be used to repair scratches. Simply heat the blade of a knife, and gently blend wax in the scratched area. However, be advised that wax is not long lasting, neither is it lustrous. You can then apply a thin fine layer of polish, wax or shellac for an even finish. Note that the success of these oak furniture restoration tips and tricks hugely depends on how far into finish or into wood the furniture has been affected. are a supplier of oak furniture and Pine Furniture. If you are looking for additional information or furniture product ranges including Wardrobes visit

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