I recently wrote an article here about how we specialise in furniture restoration in Surrey, whilst stating that a good proportion of our work relates to the accidental or careless damage of surfaces. Classic causes of this are the placing of hot mugs on wooden surfaces or vases of flowers with wet bases. Both result in damage, particularly on French polished surfaces.
However, all too frequently, we also receive furniture for restoration which has suffered badly as a result of someone trying to rectify a blemish or stain. Often they have used the wrong solution in an attempt to correct the problem and sometimes they have done the worst thing possible by using something abrasive (whether a solution or cloth).
Unfortunately, trying to remove blemishes and stains is something that has to be done with the greatest of care and with some knowledge – if the remedial work is not to end up causing far more damage than the original marking!
Frankly, if you have a blemish or stain on your furniture then it is a good idea to bring it to us (or let us have a look at it in situ). Often we can remedy the problem quickly and cheaply.
Of course, one of the problems with unskilled restoration of antique furniture (and modern furniture, for that matter) is that if you somehow spoil a part of a surface then this can mean that the whole of the surface may need attention. This is to ensure that the finish and colouring of the whole remains equally consistent.
At its worst, the existing finish on a given piece may have to be taken right back to the original surface or veneer. This, of course, is greatly more expensive than just sorting out a blemish or stain (not always possible!) with the right materials and know-how.
So – the moral of the story is that, unless you really know what you are doing, leave the rectification of a blemish or a stain to us professional furniture restorers. Often we can sort out the problem quickly and easily before a far greater problem occurs.
If you want further advice or help about antique restoration in Surrey or (the rectification of blemished or stained furniture) then do contact us!