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Pets: Man's Best Friend, Furniture's Worst Enemy

Furniture Medic shares ways to restore furniture damaged by pets

Pets are part of the family in many homes, but they are often the unruly members of the family.   For them, furniture is a big toy, and the words "expensive" or "antique" are not relevant.   If you have furniture that has fallen victim to Fido, there are ways to attack the damage.

The experts at Furniture Medic has a few suggestions for bringing pet-damaged pieces back to life:
  • Pet stains can often be moved with upholstery cleaner. Do a test for colorfastness in a hidden area before treating the stain.
  • Minor scratches without color loss can usually be repaired without refinishing.
  • When dealing with major pet damage like chewed corners, there are four steps to follow:
    1. Fill the damaged area
    2. Apply color
    3. Replace graining
    4. Replace the finish
  • The original wood in the damaged area cannot be replaced, but using the above tips can make a piece functional again and esthetically pleasing.
If your furniture needs more extensive care, call Furniture Medic by Swenson. Furniture Medic has the experience and equipment to handle all types of furniture needs, including restoration of damaged pieces.

Has Your Furniture Gone Up In Smoke?

Furniture Medic Shares Some Tips for Smoke and Fire Damage

A fireplace with a roaring fire is one of life's pleasures. But fire sometimes has a way of getting out of hand quickly. If your furniture has seen the bad end of a flame, there are some things you can do.

The Furniture Medic team has a few hints for smoke and fire damage:
  • Smoke causes lingering odors in everything, including furniture. In particular, cabinets and drawers (in the kitchen or on a dresser) really hold the odor.
  • To eliminate smoke odors in interior cabinets or drawers, put small air fresheners inside the furniture; the wood will absorb the freshener's scent. Pieces of fresh-cut, aromatic cedar are good.
  • Choose a light freshener if the drawers hold clothing. Clothing will hold the freshener scent too.
  • Scrape the charred section off the piece with a penknife.
  • Apply a clean finish or paint to the site in small doses until the spot matches the appearance of the piece.
If these quick fixes still aren't enough, contact your local Furniture Medic by Swenson. The team at Furniture Medic is equipped to handle your smoke and fire damage, as well as any other furniture restoration needs.

Furniture Care Tips

  • You should dust your furniture on a regular baiss and polish it every 4-5-months
  • Coasters and placemates should be used to avoid damage to furniture
  • Keep furniture out of direct sunlight
  • Avoid placing furniture in front of or under windows
  • Place furniture away from heating and air conditioning vents to prevent excessive drying or too much humidity
  • Blot up spills immediately
  • Lift and place items instead of sliding across furniture surfaces
  • Rotate accessories on your furniture periodically
  • Avoid prolonged use of plastic and rubber items on your furniture
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can Furniture Medic repair my furniture on-site?
  2. Will the products used to repair my furniture be safe for my family?
  3. What are the main types of damage that can be repaired in my home?
  4. I have a white spot on the finish of my table, can this be repaired?
  5. My dog has chewed the leg of my table and left some damage, can this be repaired?
  6. I have a table that is showing some wear. What are my options for making this piece look better?
  7. I recently purchased a piece of furniture for my bedroom but the color does not match the rest of the furniture in my room. Is this something that Furniture Medic can help me with?
  8. How long will the repair take? Will I be without my piece of furniture for an extended time?
Q: Can Furniture Medic repair my furniture on-site?
A: Yes, Furniture Medic attempts to conduct all repairs on-site. However, there are times where the extent of the damage will require your furniture to be repaired at an off-site facility. In those instances, Furniture Medic will make you aware of the procedure for off-site repairs.

Q: Will the products used to repair my furniture be safe for my family?
A: Yes, Furniture Medic uses predominately water-based products which have less odor and are safe for the environment. This means they are also safe for your family and pets. Some repair processes may require the use of more traditional products. In these instances, the Furniture Medic will insure adequate ventilation or simply work on the piece outside of the home.

Q: What are the main types of damage that can be repaired in my home?
A: Furniture Medic repairs damage on all types and styles of wood furniture and surfaces. In many cases, items can be repaired instead of being replaced, which can save you money in the long run.

Q: I have a white spot on the finish of my table, can this be repaired?
A: White spots on furniture can result when heat (a hot pizza box for example) or water (from a glass) penetrate the surface. In many cases, Furniture Medic can repair this type of damage on-site in a few hours or less. In cases where the damage is too great, Furniture Medic will present you with other options for restoring the piece at an off-site location.

Q: My dog has chewed the leg of my table and left some damage, can this be repaired?
A: Furniture Medic can repair areas of pet damage to include dog chews, cat scratches and various other types of pet damage. Furniture Medic will provide you with an analysis of the damaged areas and provide you with options on how he can restore the look of the piece that was damaged.

Q: I have a table that is showing some wear. What are my options for making this piece look better?
A: There are several ways worn finish can be repaired. If the finish is still in good enough shape, a new coat of finish can be applied to achieve the desired result of an enhanced looked. However, if the finish is too badly damaged, the table will most likely need to be stripped and refinished.

Q: I recently purchased a piece of furniture for my bedroom but the color does not match the rest of the furniture in my room. Is this something that Furniture Medic can help me with?
A: Yes, Furniture Medic specializes in color changes. It is generally easier to take a light piece to a darker shade. However, we do have processes that allow us to take darker shades to lighter options as well.

Q: How long will the repair take? Will I be without my piece of furniture for an extended time?
A: Furniture Medic attempts to do many of the repairs in the customer's home which reduces the turnaround time.
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