How to stain, maintain and repair furniture


Furniture has the power to give your home a luxurious and sophisticated touch. If you want to choose from the styles, types and the price of your furniture, it’s important to know what suits your house best. Plan your furniture repair very wisely, because it’s not something you do every day. And if you want to get by on a budget, you may want to try to restore your furniture yourself.

So you want to repair furniture?

First of all, don’t get your hopes high if it’s the first time you repair furniture. Start with something easier and take it from there. You can try just cleaning it with mineral alcohol or painting the worn out spots.


You can also:

  • Do the stripping and refurnishing. Use the chemical strippers and remove the old finish. Let it dry, clean it with sand paper. Apply the stain, and then repaint it using the appropriate varnish. Be sure you take the necessary precaution including gloves and masks. You can find a detailed guide HEREfurniture repair
  • Replace cushions on chairs. You can find them in almost any DIY shop. It would be great if you could replace it with memory foam or a new comfortable cushion.
  • You can try staining and dyeing your kitchen cabinets and replace the weathered parts. The kitchen is exposed to extreme moist and high temperatures so it shows the need to be fixed sooner than other parts of furniture. Sand the surface, then add the primer, and after that go with the finish. It’s best to use water paints and latex.
  • Living room is usually the room that is used most of all. The parts that get worn out first are the covers of the couch and chairs. It’s pretty simple to replace them using a stapler and the new piece of upholstering material. The best part is you get to choose it yourself and enjoy it every day.


Sometimes it won’t be cheaper to do it yourself so take your time planning . It may be a good idea to find out the cost of professional help, and see if it’s cost effective to do it yourself. If you are sure you can take the risk and try handling it yourself, then by all means just go on and do it.

Next, you need to calculate if your furniture may be more valuable the way it is. Sometimes you can sell your old furniture as an antique. Professional restaurateurs can do their magic and resell it later earning a nice amount of money in the process. Even the damaged furniture can be valuable, some people just love sun damaged furniture. And they can buy it away from you and make you enough money for the new, modern furniture you might look better and be


If you want to repair furniture and it’s the one you have outside and in the parts of your home that’s often exposed to the weather conditions, you need to take special care about it. Consider moisture, humidity, which will damage your furniture, especially if you don’t have some kind of air conditioning which can control it. Bear in mind that constantly high humidity is less damaging than the humidity that changes frequently.

Also, direct exposure to the direct sunlight can also shorten the life span of your furniture. If you want it to last longer, keep the shades on if the furniture is near the window that’s under the direct sun light most of the day. If this is impossible, try placing some protective piece of cloth on the piece of furniture that’s exposed. And you can also use the protective screening films on your windows. They can protect you and your property from the ultra violet rays that can damage your furniture.

You can avoid damaging your furniture If you

  • maintain the level of humidity equal by adjusting your AC system,
  • placing dehumidifiers into the rooms that aren’t air conditioned
  • keep your furniture away from the windows

Furniture you don’t use and the one you keep in your basement or an attic is exposed to the harshest environment. It’s advisable to keep it stored in the special containers or plastic bags which prevent the weathering.

Exposure to the heat from the gas heaters, radiators or other heat sources can cause cracks in the wood, so you better keep it away from your heating devices.

Cleaning and maintaining the furniture

When it comes to cleaning, the most important part is choosing the product. The most common misconception is that some of the products “freshen up“  your wooden furniture. The reason why this is not possible is that almost every wooden item is finished and the finish is preventing the products from penetrating the woods. That is making it impossible for the product to freshen up anything but the finish itself.

The only product you will ever need for cleaning your finished wooden furniture is wax. It’s simple to use, keeps the finish safe from scratching, accidental water spills and dust. Just make sure you remove the excessive wax from the wood and you’ll be fine.

Speaking of dust, did you know that accumulated dust can even scratch your furniture? If you don’t do it regularly, that’s what you get after a longer period of time. These are a few points you need to know when you do a simple task like dusting:

  • Do it frequently, once a week at least, to avoid the scratching mentioned previously and having to repair furniture. Also, the dust can build up in the creases and the scratches and make those awful gray marks.
  • Don’t use the feather duster because it will just move the dust from one place to another. There will be some left on the hairs of the feather duster, but most of it will keep floating around in the air.
  • A simple cotton rag should be good enough for the purpose; you don’t need an expensive microfiber cloth. Just make sure you don’t have a button hanging from it which can damage the wood.
  • Don’t use a completely dry piece of cloth. If you add just a little bit of water you will do it easier and you won’t hurt the finish as much. Don’t overdo it, a few drops here and there will be enough.
  • Don’t use “professional” dusting aids; these are made of a certain type of oils which dissolve the finish.
  • Turn the cloth often; shake it over the sink so you don’t just push the dust off the furniture onto the floor.

Scratches and chemicals

Try using trivets and lifting your furniture when you move it. Sliding it can cause really bad scratches on both your floor and your furniture. You probably know that but people aren’t aware of how nasty it can be. You don’t want any more furniture repair than you must have.

Object made from glass and ceramics will damage your wood most so avoid placing them on the sensitive surfaces. Use place mats to prevent scratching.

List of chemicals that present a danger to your wooden furniture is quite scary.

  • Some products like polish remover, wine, or perfumes can ruin your finish. P
  • Plant water leaking from the plant containers can make really nasty stains.
  • Hot saucepans, hot cups or any other source of heat
  • Plastic tablecloths or mats tend to change the color of the furniture permanently



Polishing and waxing furniture

Waxing is pretty self explanatory, you use wax to shine and protect the wood. But you must take care you remove the excessive wax that accumulates on the surface over a long period of time. It’s nothing too dangerous but it will look ugly. The mixture of wax and dust is removed with solvents. You must repeat it several times in order to be efficient, doing it in the well aired room.

When it comes to the brass items, first of all make sure it’s real brass, then remove it if possible and polish it. Then use some tarnish resistant coating and reattach it back.

Door and drawers

Don’t put wax on the inside of your drawers. Your doors and drawers have some sort of mechanism to let them move. Check the guides and the metal mechanism and replace any worn out pieces.  The process is really simple so you can do this on your own. Adjust the hinges to allow the door to fit perfectly.

Furniture repair is best done with adequate maintenance, cleaning and care. But if you have some damaged furniture, it can really be fun repairing it.