Wood

Removing ink from wooden furniture

  1. Firstly, you need to mix a teaspoon of baking soda with warm water to form a paste.
  2. Dip your finger into the paste and place it over the ink stain. Carefully rub the paste into the stain. Try not to rub too hard as baking soda can be slightly abrasive and it may damage the finish of the wood
  3. Next, moisten the soft cotton cloth with clean water and wipe the paste away from the stained area
  4. Repeat the above steps until the ink is completely removed from the wood
  5. Now wipe the area of the stain with a cotton ball dampened with a very small amount of rubbing alcohol to remove the chalky residue left from the baking soda.

Removing grease from wood

  1. Remove the excess grease from the wooden surface with a paper towel. Do not wipe, wiping will cause the grease to seep further into the wood.
  2. Pour ¼ of a cup of water and vinegar into a bowel. Soak a dish towel in the mixture. For tougher grease stains, warm the mixture in the microwave as this can also help
  3. Pour pure vinegar straight onto the grease stained wood surface
  4. Clean the vinegar up with a dish towel. Do not wipe hard, pat dry the surface instead. Make sure to get grease out of small areas by using cotton buds
  5. For bigger grease stains, pour baking powder or kitty litter over the grease and let it sit for a little bit before cleaning.

Removing mould from wood

  1. You should start the following process as soon as you notice mould.
  2. Soak a clean, soft washcloth in a solution made of 3 parts water and 1 part mild detergent. Wring the solution until the cloth is almost dry. Wipe the surface of the furniture to remove mould.
  3. Wipe only a small area at a time. Follow up with another washcloth dipped in plain water. Thoroughly dry the surface using a clean, dry cloth.
  4. Make sure that each area is completely dry before proceeding to the next area
  5. Use furniture cleaner to wipe your furniture if you notice a white, greasy film on it. This is wax build-up and needs to be cleaned or else the mould will reappear. Follow up with a thin layer of paste wax as you’ll have stripped your furniture of its protective wax cover.
  6. Clean the mould that has grown into the wood under the finish (not on the finished area) by gently scrubbing the affected area with a solution made of 5 parts water and 1 part chlorine bleach. Rinse the surface thoroughly with plain water. Dry thoroughly. Do not use bleach on finished surfaces.
  7. If you can, leave your cleaned furniture in the sunlight for a couple of hours. The sunlight will aid in oxidation and help eliminate the source of mould/mildew. Make sure that the day is clear, with very little humidity in the air as you want to eliminate mould, not encourage it!

Removing water and heat marks from wooden surfaces

  1. Cut a kernel off a walnut or Brazil nut
  2. Rub the kernel over the water or heat mark
  3. It’s a cracking result!

Or:

  1. Make a thin paste of salad oil or lemon oil and salt.
  2. Spread the paste on.
  3. Lightly buff the area as you wipe it off with a soft clean cloth.

Removing water stains from wood

  1. Apply a small amount of non-gel toothpaste to a damp, clean, lint-free cloth
  2. Rub toothpaste over the water spot
  3. Remove film with a clean, damp cloth
  4. Dry with a clean, dry cloth
  5. Polish

Removing cup rings/white patches from wood

You will need 1 tablespoon of cigarette ash and a small dish or saucer with water.

  1. Mix a little of the cigarette ash bit by bit with the water until it forms a thick paste
  2. Then, using a soft cloth, rub the paste gently but resolutely into the white area
  3. Let it soak in for a few minutes then wipe away
  4. If necessary, repeat step 4 and 5 again until the ring has gone.

Removing Blood Stains from Hardwood Floors

1.   Use paper towels to soak up as much of the blood as you can.

2.   Now soak a clean damp cloth in cold water and thoroughly ring it out.

3.   Scrub the stain and get as much of the blood out as you can.

4.   Next use a dry clean cloth to dry the area.  Do not let the water sit on the wood or it will stain it.

5.   If the cold water did not remove all of the blood stain then soak another clean cloth in hydrogen peroxide, and thoroughly ring it out.

6.   Scrub at the stain again.

7.   Rinse the cloth and wood with cold and water.

8.   Using a clean dry cloth dry the area again.

On lighter wood you can repeat this process with bleach.

On darker wood, only use bleach if you think it is worth staining the wood to remove the stain.

It can leave a lighter spot that is less noticeable on light-coloured wood.