How to Bleach Furniture

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Bleaching furniture can help get rid of stains and other unsightly blemishes that may be present on the original finish. Bleach furniture with help from a master precision craftsman in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Todd Languell, The Flying Furniture Guy from R and D Wood Shop in Scotia, New York. Today, I'm going to show you how to bleach furniture. You can see this oak roll top desk, somebody spilled some water on it. You can see that it's got some mold in it. Alright, you're going to need a brush, a little container and some bleach, pour the bleach in the container. Now what you're looking to do is you're looking to bleach the areas that have the damage. The other areas you want to try not to bleach them. So you're going to use a feather brush technique to work right up to those areas that have the damage, working yourself right off the edge and you want to get right in there. I'm only going to do part of this for you today so you can see the contrast. We're going to keep working this in. What this is is it's bleaching out the dark areas but it's also raising the grain. It's raising the grain, which is going to allow you to, when you sand it, get down to new wood which will take care of some of the blemishes. Now you're going to want a well ventilated area and you're going to let that set for just a few minutes. If you need to, you can use a little steel wool, coarse, medium coarse type steel wool. You're going to work it right into there, working it right into that area and once you've got it to the condition that you want, you are going to then just rub it off. Okay, once you get it to that space or that area you know it's good you go ahead and wipe it off, trying to overlap just slightly on the areas that you didn't do and you can see after you get done wiping it off, a little bit of mold has been removed and that's pretty much it as far as bleaching. I'm Todd Languell, The Flying Furniture Guy from R and D Wood Shop, and this was how to bleach furniture.


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