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Take care of scratches on wood table

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Hi Reena,

I own a large coffee table made of wood. The table is full of scratches and I can’t afford to purchase a new table. Is there any way to hold onto my table without dishing out a wad of cash? Lorraine

Dear Lorraine,

Option one: Fill in the scratches with a colour-matched wood filler pencils/crayons specifically designed to hide scratches. Option two: Wipe a rag with matching stain over wood to hide scratches. Have a piece of smoked glass cut and smoothed to fit the wood. Glass cutters may often include rubber feet for each corner so that the glass can’t slide out of position. The glass will hide the scratches. Option three: Have a piece of wood cut to fit the size of the table, cover the wood with fabric by securing it with a staple gun and place it over the table. Option four: Sand and re-stain the table.

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Hi there Reena,

I have an old 1930s cabinet — highly polished. My husband put a bottle of rum on top of it — and it left a stain (it looks like some of the finish was eaten away). I could have kicked him. I’ve tried furniture polish and it didn’t help. I don’t want to risk refinishing it as A) It would be a massive job and B) I think its veneer on top. Can you help? Christina

Dear Christina,

The good news is that you may be able to hide the damage with a dab of matching crayon, paint or stain (depending on the wood). The not-so-good news is that it sounds as though the alcohol stripped the finish and therefore the stain cannot be removed unless you sand and refinish. 

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Good morning Reena,

I have a side-by-side fridge/freezer. Today I was cleaning it out and when I took off the tempered glass top of the top crisper drawer and turned it over, it was very stained — mostly light brown but also some black spots. I do know that sometimes when I put fresh veggies or fruit into the crispers, they breathe, creating condensation on the underside of the glass, but I didn’t really think anything of it. Also, the same problem does not appear on the underside of the untreated glass top of the bottom crisper. How do I get rid of the stain? I was washing the glass in warm water and dish soap; tried a bit of borax and then soaked a paper towel with vinegar and laid it on for a few minutes, all with small results. I did manage, using significant elbow grease, to scrub off some but because the underside has a coating of sorts (which is why I couldn’t see the black stuff in the first place), I was hesitant to use anything that was too abrasive and risk damaging the finish. Laurie

Hi Laurie,

The discoloration that you are describing is very common in fridges. You are on the right track using mild products such as; dish soap, water and borax but it is the cloth that you use that will make all the difference in the world in terms of cleaning ease. Use a green scrubby pad or a plastic scrubby pad, something with an abrasive surface, otherwise this project is going to be long and tedious. Consider putting a rubber shelf liner or tea towel on the glass creating a barrier between the container and the glass.

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