Although new material is being used to create modern and trendy furniture, wood still remains as the preferred one. If you look around your own house you will notice that the majority of the furniture is made of wood; it is indeed our favorite material in terms of flooring, bookcases, chairs, desks, tables and others - it is warm, decorative and durable; however, the passing of the time, the sun, overused and natural conditions have a darkening effect on the wood; this is when new stains start forming on our beautiful and ornamental possessions; these stains are even more noticeable since the blackening of the wood is not recorded evenly but on very specific areas.
How to Remove Dark Stains
The good news is that there are easy ways to remove the dark stains from your furniture; the more advisable one is to use Hydrogen Peroxide (it does have many uses and cleaning wood is one of them). What do you need?
1) Hydrogen peroxide
2) Gloves, mask and goggles: healthy and safety should always comes first.
Where can you get them? Amazon is probably the best place to get these products: it is a well established seller with good reviews and an excellent delivery service; however, you can also purchase them from your local pharmacy. Hydrogen peroxide is highly recommended to clean dark stains thanks to its bleaching properties and the fact that it can bed used in all types of wood without the need of rinsing after application - its main components evaporate quickly and the damage to the wood fibers is just minimal. The best results will be obtained when using hydrogen peroxide of up to 100 volumes.
Once the wood has been sanded; use a piece of old cloth and apply a small amount of this chemical onto the surface of the area to be treated (remember to use gloves, masks and goggles); however, avoid using cotton as it will be easily degraded by the effects of the hydrogen peroxide. Wait for a few minutes and rub vigorously the area you want to bleach with the cloth (preferably a white one); just as a warning, test a small area to make sure the results will be the desired ones – if it is, then you can repeat the process after a few hours until the original color has been restored. You can leave the hydrogen peroxide but leave the room after use.
Precautions when using Hydrogen Peroxide
The concentration of hydrogen peroxide used for medicinal and disinfectants purposes is 3%, that equals to 10 volumes of strength; if you decide to use the 100 volumes (10 times higher) then you must be extremely careful and as a third reminder: you must wear gloves, mask and goggle to protect yourself and avoid the risk of burns and poisoning. If you are concern about using such a high concentration of this chemical use the standard 3% and see if you get the results wanted; it this doesn’t work you can also use bleach with a 12% concentration.
The bleach must be diluted with water in order to prevent the yellowing on your wood; however, take into account that the higher the dilution, the lower the tinting effect. As your last result; you can use “sodium hydrosulfite”; this is a white crystalline powder with a weak odor of sulfur. This chemical is soluble in water and the concentration level recommended is equal to 10%. The wood surface must be wash after application of bleach and sodium hydrosulfite.
When using these chemicals; remember to test on a small surface (preferable not a visible one) and use goggles, a mask and gloves.
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