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The case for cotton. If you’re thinking of buying a new sofa or chair or reupholstering an old one, don’t overlook good old-fashioned cotton. While it’s mostly associated with washable slipcovers and a casual look, cotton can actually be pretty formal or modern as well. It all depends on the fabric.
Three seat cushions provide an individual spot for three people to sit. While many traditional styles have three seat cushions, this look is also found on more modern styles. Three cushions may not look as clean-lined as a bench seat or two cushions, but this is a great choice if you want to maximize seating space.
The water marks left by glasses or other damp or wet materials are caused when wooden surfaces absorb the moisture. There are two types of rings, or marks, that can occur: white rings and black ones.“What we’re looking at when we see a white mark — sometimes it’s a white ring, sometimes it’s a cloudiness — is moisture that’s trapped in the finish. That’s the sign of a weak finish,” says Bruce Johnson, a wood finishing expert, spokesman for Minwax and author of the book The Wood Finisher. The ring indicates that the finish is wearing out and not keeping out moisture properly, he writes on the Minwax website. In this case, the moisture has not yet reached the wood itself but has settled into the layer of finish. The good news: If you act quickly, there is hope.Hot Air One of the best treatments for water marks that have recently occurred is also one of the simplest: a hair dryer. Johnson suggests setting a hair dryer on warm or low and moving it back and forth directly over the mark. In most cases, the action should draw out the moisture, dry the surface and cause the ring to evaporate.Be aware that the fix will also heat up the wax finish on the wood and melt it slightly. Try buffing with a soft rag once the water mark evaporates. What not to do: “A lot of times people will grab the furniture polish or wax and pour that on the white mark,” Johnson says. “Well, all that does is prevent the moisture from escaping on its own.” He says to just leave it alone. Try moving the piece to a dry area of your home and set up a fan to blow over the area or use a blow dryer on a low setting to release the moisture back into the air.