Prolong Your Piece With These Furniture Repair Tips
Just like a car or a house, your furniture is an important investment. It must be cared for regularly, as much as possible, with proper maintenance to protect the original finish and appearance. But, however careful you are, one way or another, the furniture will wear and tear. When this happens you should know, even if a little bit, about repairing and restoration.
Repairing or restoring your furniture should not be so hard to do using the right tools and applying the appropriate techniques. In this post I will show you some tips and techniques on what to do when your furniture needs to be repaired. However, if the damage is quite complicated it would be better if allowed to be handled by professional restorers.
Cracks and Scratches
The most common problems that need furniture repair are cracks and scratches. These defects results when the finish on the wood surface loses its moisture overtime, and scratches appear due to everyday use. If the crack is not deep a simple, unorthodox solution is rubbing it with mayonnaise using your finger. Let it stay for a couple of days then wipe off the excess with a soft cloth. Spray on with
furniture polish to hide the crack.
A conventional way will need a bit of extra work and which will require materials like plastic card, wax stick and touch up pen. Firstly, the tone of your touch up pen must be compatible to the color of the wood finish. Rub the scratch or the crack with wax stick and wipe off any excess using the plastic card. Let it dry for a couple of hours. Finally, dab the waxed up cracks and scratches with the touch up pen or
furniture repair marker.
A professional way of filling in the cracks of wood furniture whether it is big or small is by using putty. It can be oil-based, tinted or can be painted afterwards. Just make sure that the cracked surface is clean and dry before applying the putty.
Wobbly Tables and Chairs
There are two reasons why a table or chair will wobble. It’s either the floor it is standing on is not level or one of the leg is smaller than the others. If the latter is the problem what you have to do is find out which of the legs is small, measure its length, then cut off or sand the other legs to the same length.
Other people may find it cumbersome if their table is too big and heavy to move around and flip over to adjust the legs. In some instances it is imperative to immediately find a solution to the problem right at the very moment. This is especially true in restaurants or cafes where sometimes a customer would complain about wobbling table. A temporary remedy for this is to drive a shim beneath the leg where the wobbling occurs.
The common instinct done in restaurants to stabilize unbalance table is stuffing napkin or coasters underneath the leg. But there is a more eco-friendly, easy to use device other than the ones mentioned above.
make for a professional looking shim by easily slipping it into the gap between the table leg or base and the floor. You can find this product on Amazon.com.
Fabric Upholstery Tear
If the tear on your upholstery fabric is small it can be fixed by simply sewing the tear from the inside, or you can double back the torn area and stitch them together to finish the edge to prevent tattering. For types of cloth that is not possible to be sewed together you can use a fabric tape.
Cut a length of the tape approximately 2 inches (5 centimeters) longer than the tear. Attach it on the inside of the fabric along the tear. Simultaneously, pull the two sides of the torn cloth together while activating the tape using heat. Make sure all the whole area have been thoroughly heated for the piece to bond together.
Here is a very short video showing a simple but unprofessional way of stopping a table from wobbling: