Know how to react when the inevitable spill or scratch occurs and you can “save” your furniture and extend its useful life.
From Martha Stewart, these “first-aid for furniture” tips should come in handy.
- Moisture “rings” : Pour table salt on the white rings/haze and cover with a terry cloth. Apply hair dryer on low setting until rings are gone.
- Alcohol spills : Blot spills immediately, do not rub. Apply small amounts of ammonia to damage.
- Wax spills : Allow to cool and harden, then freeze the wax with an ice cube in a sandwich bag. Use a butter knife to gently scrape off wax.
- Red wine stains : Cover wine with table salt and let sit until salt has wicked up the wine. Vacuum salt and repeat, as necessary. Blot remaining stains with damp cloth and dish soap.
- General spills : Repeatedly blot with a damp white cloth. Use white cloths to prevent dye transfer.
- Oil spills : Cover spill with baking soda and vacuum once absorbed. Blot remaining stains with rubbing alcohol
- General stains : Blot with all-purpose household cleaner. To prevent fading in the upholstery, avoid products with bleach or bleach alternatives.
- Scratches : Apply saddle soap to a damp cloth and rub the scratch to help it “blend in”. It won’t go away.
The tips on leather furniture also makes mention that you should never bother with touch-up kits or colored markers. It’s nearly impossible to match leather colors and your repair work will only make the scratch more noticeable.