6 Common Wooden Furniture Stains and How to Clean Them

One of the most preferred materials when it comes to furniture is wood. It’s because of its durability and class that matches almost any home style. So when it comes to maintenance and cleaning, you should take into considerations the stains that might get into it. Someday your wooden furniture will become antique, in order for them to survive stains and odors; you should know how to remove them. The following are the common stains found on wooden furniture and the steps on how to remove them.  

Wooden Furniture Stains 

Ballpoint Ink 

When your kids or spouse work on the wooden tables, it’s most likely that pen inks will be spilled on the table. To remove the ink stain, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol. After 5 minutes, remove the stains by wiping them. If there are still stains, repeat the process. Use white non-gel shaving cream foam if alcohol doesn’t work.  

Berry Stains 

A lot happens in a wooden table, especially if it is located in the dining area. For berry stains coming from the berry fruits and berry jam, remove them using 3% hydrogen peroxide. Apply them on the furniture and wait 10 minutes. After that, blot the stain with ¼ cup white vinegar per quart of water. Hydrogen peroxide might bleach the wooden furniture but you can restore the color by using pecan or meat of walnut.  

Beer and Alcohol Stains 

Beer and alcohol are the most popular drinks every drunk in a wooden table, especially if there’s an occasion. You should be careful with these because it can warp or darken the wood. To clean the stain, use ¼ cup of white vinegar per quart of water. Dry the stain and wait for several days to check if the wood is darkened. You might need to sand and refinish the furniture.  

Candle Wax 

If you’re a traditional person and wants to put candles on the dining table or cabinets, there’s a big chance that you’ll drip some candle wax on the surface. Do not remove them while it’s hard and dry. Get an ice cube and put it directly on the wax. Wait for it to get really cold before wiping up the excess water. Insert a butter knife under the wax until it pops off. If this doesn’t work, consult a contractor who’s professional in drapery cleaning or furniture cleaning.  

Coffee or Cola 

We love drinking our coffee or soda on the coffee table and dining table. The furniture suffers the most from spilled drinks and foods. When it happens, it’s obvious to wipe the spills immediately. If there are water spots remaining from the larger stains, use a wood cleaner and conditioner.  

Glue and Adhesive 

If your kids love to do their projects on your wooden furniture, you’ll obviously get some stains from the glue and adhesive. To remove them, put ice cube on a zip-lock bag and apply directly on the stains. Use a plastic scraper to scrape off what you can. Apply smooth peanut butter and wait. Blot the stain. The peanut butter’s oil will dissolve the glue.