How to Solve Furniture Wear and Tear

If you take a look around your home, you may notice some wear and tear on your furniture. In this article, we show you how to solve this problem.
How to Solve Furniture Wear and Tear

Last update: 27 May, 2020

The passage of time can take its toll on furniture. Sometimes, serious deterioration appears in the materials. This affects the external appearance and harms the aesthetics. For this reason, we decided to analyze how to solve furniture wear and tear.

If you look at the condition of your tables, shelves, cabinets, and chairs, you’ll probably notice that they don’t look the same as when you first bought them. Using them constantly obviously wears them out. In the long term, this wear and tear become noticeable.

It’s time to analyze what the situation of all your furniture is, what you need to do to improve its condition, and how you can make it look brand new. The procedure isn’t easy but the results are fantastic.

Furniture wear and tear – checking and evaluation

A Frenchified living room.
Frenchified living room / pinterest.es

The first step is to check the condition of your furniture. After a year, you can expect some wear and tear on the surfaces. For example, on the dining room table, where the wood loses its natural color and there may some scratches or marks.

The sofa is another piece of furniture that tends to suffer a lot of wear and tear. Whether it’s made of leatherette or leather, the surface erodes slightly and the material wears away. In the same way, the daily use of chairs can damage them, even if they’re metallic.

Once you’ve checked the condition of your furniture, it’s time to assess the situation and intervene to restore and improve its appearance. Only this way will you be able to achieve the desired result!

If you take a look around you, you’ll see that your furniture is probably worn in some places.

Fix furniture wear and tear on a wooden table

A man painting a table.

Tables usually take center stage in different rooms: the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, and the office. The ones that are the most popular are those made of wood. But they also suffer the most. On the other hand, those made of metal or glass generally suffer less. Let"s take a look at three steps to follow:

  1. Your table mustn’t be dirty. To clean it you can apply water and neutral soap. In order not to damage the wood, it’s better to carry out this process with a soft cotton cloth and avoid adding too much water.
  2. Once the surface dries, to remove the wear and tear, you must use steel wool and rub it with some pressure. Some varnish may remain. If this is the case, you can easily remove it with paper towels.
  3. Next, seal the pores and, finally, apply beeswax and carnauba wax. For a correct finish, rub it once again using a dry cotton cloth with white vinegar to make it shine.

Furniture wear and tear solution for your sofa

A person repairing a sofa.

As we commented above, the sofa is one of the pieces of furniture that suffers the most since people usually use it daily. In this case, those made of leatherette are more resistant and don’t tend to suffer as much. However, on the other hand, leather sofas tend to show more obvious wear and tear.

Before restoring the surface, you must clean the sofa with a sponge or brush and a special product for leather. Firstly, degrease the most worn areas.

Once you apply these products, clean with a sanding pad several times. Then, gently apply leather color repair. Make sure that it matches the color of the sofa! Finally, dry to accelerate the process.

How to fix wear and tear on metal furniture

A woman painting a metal table.

Outdoor furniture tends to suffer more wear and tear. This is due to bad weather and the fact that people tend to use it a lot during the spring and summer. For this reason, we’re going to share some solutions to improve metal furniture wear and tear.

With a wire brush, you can lightly file the surface and, if necessary, use strong sandpaper for the most damaged areas. Remember that it’s very important to remove any traces of rust. Finally, remove all the dirt by brushing or with paper towels.

To finish the process, simply repaint the furniture. To do this, you must make sure you buy paint that’s suitable for metal. This way, you’ll be able to hide all the imperfections.

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