How do I get white rings off an antique coffee table after someone left a hot cup of coffee on it?
What most furniture rings have in common is that moisture has become trapped in the finish. It’s a sort of permanent fog. If you can coax the moisture out with an appropriate restorative like Speed Cleaning™ Furniture Feeder the ring will vanish before your eyes. Shake the product well, and then pour a small amount on the spot according to the product directions and use a Speed Cleaning™ Premium Cotton Cleaning Cloth to rub the area.
Rub a small area of the ring gently but firmly with the Speed Cleaning™ Premium Cotton Cleaning Cloth. It’s safest to rub back and forth with the grain, to remove the ring. After some moments (possibly quite a few moments) that segment of the ring should start to fade and then disappear. If this is the case, continue as directed until the entire ring vanishes. If not, try the same procedure only with paste wax this time.
If these preliminary skirmishes didn’t work, hold your breath and apply Speed Cleaning™ Furniture Feeder with #0000 Steel Wool instead of the Speed Cleaning™ Premium Cotton Cleaning Cloth. A word of caution: intensive rubbing with either the Speed Cleaning™ Premium Cotton Cleaning Cloth or the steel wool can start to destroy the finish on many antiques, depending on the type of finish, its age, and its overall condition. Be sure to test that legendary inconspicuous spot first. Yes, I know that spot doesn’t have a ring on it, but just test to be sure that you aren’t damaging the finish with the cloth and solvent, and test it again if you up the ante to steel wool.
Note: next time, offer coasters to your guests to save yourself from repeating this chore.
How can I remove wax buildup from wood furniture?
Certain restorative solvents, such as Speed Cleaning™ Furniture Feeder, dissolve wax buildup. Apply Speed Cleaning™ Furniture Feeder to a disposable polishing cloth or directly to the furniture (be sure to pretest an inconspicuous spot first). Loosen and remove the old wax with the polishing cloth, assisted by a Speed Cleaning™ Toothbrush in nooks and crannies (check first to be sure that the toothbrush doesn’t scratch the finish). During the removal phase you can position the toothbrush over the cloth so the bristles poke the cloth into these same nooks and crannies. In the future, don’t use wax on the intricate parts of wood furniture for more than one coat. Rewax only the flat tops and occasionally the flat sides.
How do you remove candle wax from the dinner table after a romantic candle-lit dinner?
To remove candle wax from the table itself, first scrape 95% of it off with a Speed Cleaning™ Scraper. The wax will come off in chunks if it’s cool, and it will peel off if it’s warm. To collect the loosened wax, use either a Speed Cleaning™ Whisk Broom and dustpan or a vacuum cleaner with the plastic nozzle attachment. You will get good at this and learn how to remove practically all the wax in just a few minutes.
The second step is to spray the remaining bit of wax with Speed Cleaning™ Premium Furniture Polish and wipe it off with a Speed Cleaning™ Premium Cotton Cleaning Cloth as you’re polishing the entire table top. If and when furniture polish builds up, treat the table top with Speed Cleaning™ Furniture Feeder.
Candlesticks can be cleaned approximately the same way. While holding a candlestick over a trash can or newspaper, use a Speed Cleaning™ Scraper to remove most of the wax. Warm, soapy water and a Speed Cleaning™ White Pad will remove the rest.