From scratches to being slightly discoloured, the surface of your Milano furniture can suffer damage from many different areas.  The best thing you could hear right now is that most of the problems can be rectified.

Most finishes on the surface of your furniture are added to defend against damage by forming a protective coating.

But if your furniture has been on the end of damage, there are things you can do to repair them.  On any finish, be sure to work carefully, so you don’t remove more of the finish than you need too.

We will give you tips here on how to repair any damage your Milano furniture receives.

White spots

Some finishes are not resistant to alcohol and water; spills or condensation from glasses can leave white spots or rings on these surfaces.

To remove white spots, the first thing you should do is polish the surface with liquid furniture polish – make sure to buff the area firmly.

If that doesn’t work, lightly wipe the stained surface with denatured alcohol.  Use as little alcohol as possible; too much will damage the finish.

Black spots

Similar to white spots, these black spots have been caused by moisture entering the finish, but this time it has actually penetrated the wood.  These simply cannot be removed without damage occurring to the finish.

If the black spots are on a clearly defined surface, then it could be possible to remove the entire finish; if not, the entire piece of furniture will need to be stripped.

When the finish has been removed, bleach the entire stained surface with a solution of oxalic acid, then refinish as necessary.

Blushing

This is a white haze over a large surface area and is a common problem with old lacquer finishes.  Again, this problem is caused by moisture; it can also be resolved in the same way as white spots.

Buff the surface lightly and evenly with steel wool dipped in linseed oil.  Work with the grain of the wood, rubbing evenly on the entire surface, until the white haze disappears.

Ink stains

The major ink stains – the ones that have penetrated the finish – cannot be removed without the surface being refinished.  The less serious stains can sometimes be removed with a bit of coercion.

What you need to do is lightly buff the affected area with a moist cloth, then rinse the area clean water on a soft cloth.  Dry the surface thoroughly and then wax and polish it.

These are four of the main problems you can come across when it concerns damage to your Milano furniture.  If you think you have damage that isn’t one of the four mentioned problems, then feel free to contact us for some more advice.

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