Get rid of those New Year Stains

Christmas has come and gone.  The New Year is upon us.  Have you got wine stains on your furniture; scratches on your hardwood floor? I have found some unusual tips for getting your home back to normal. It is amazing what can be used – Cigarette ash, mayonnaise and toothpaste are the most surprising!

Clear scratches with Mayonnaise

Look at this simple way to minimise scratches on your hardwood floor.

STEP 1

Clean the area with an oil based cleaner like Murphy’s Oil Soap  with an old t-shirt or soft cloth

STEP 2

Spread some mayonnaise on the floor and leave for 5 – 10 minutes. Wipe off and you will see the scratches have  disappeared.

Make your wood furniture look like new again by getting out rings and spots.

scuffed-hardwoodRemoving stains from Wood Furniture

There are a few suggested methods when removing white watermarks from Wooden Furniture but there are a couple of methods using Ash that caught our eye!

Olive Oil and Cigarette Ash:

  • Make a paste using Olive Oil and Cigarette Ash
  • Work this into the mark slowly
  • After a few minutes you will see the mark coming out

Cigarette Ash Disguise:

  • Rub the Ash into the stain using your finger
  • Using carefully colour matched furniture/shoe polish buff the affected area
  • Soon the mark will be invisible to the eye, disguised by the polish
water-marks-resized

Mayonnaise and Ash:

  • Create a paste out of the Mayonnaise and Ash
  • Using a soft cloth follow the wood grain and slowly rub the paste into the wood
  • While rubbing the affected area, use a hairdryer on a low setting to apply a heat element
  • Once the white mark is removed, wipe down the table to make it clear of the paste, clean and polish

For more tips on using Ash in cleaning around the home you can have a look on the website below. This site also includes great tips for cleaning Mildew from Wicker and patio furniture. http://www.rd.com/home/extraordinary-uses-for-ashes/

Petroleum Jelly:

Your most recent party left lots of watermark rings on your wood furniture. To make them disappear, apply petroleum jelly and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wipe the watermark away with the jelly.

Toothpaste:

You leave coasters around. But some people just won’t use them. To get rid of those telltale watermark rings left by sweating beverages, gently rub some non-gel toothpaste on the wood with a soft cloth. Then wipe it off with a damp cloth and let it dry before applying furniture polish. For even stronger cleaning power, mix equal parts white toothpaste and baking soda. Rub the paste parallel to the wood grain, wipe it off, and then polish with lemon oil.

Vinegar:

To remove white rings left by wet glasses on wood furniture, mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply it with a soft cloth while moving with the wood grain. Use another clean, soft cloth to shine it up. To get white water rings off leather furniture, dab them with a sponge soaked in full-strength white vinegar.

Read more: Removing stains on wood

So, don’t buy loads of cleaning products – try toothpaste or  mayonnaise to make your furniture look as good as new after the party season.

 

 

 

Image credits

Image 1  – Remove scratches on hardwood floor

Image 2  –Remove water marks

 

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