We are often asked to refer quality vendors. The following are vendors we highly regard:
Appraisers and Auctioneers – Southwest Virginia
Ken Farmer | 1-800-476-5359
Charlotte’s Web | 375-7229 Salem
Bob Anderson Antiques | 343-7008 Roanoke
Cabinet Makers – Wood Workers
Daniel Peters Woodworking | 562-1536 Salem
Clifton Ronk | 562-3068 Roanoke
Ashley Kinzie | 397-1637 Roanoke
John McKewin | 904-2299 Roanoke
Lee Thompson | 387-0912 Roanoke
Consignment 419 | 772-0005 Roanoke
C & J Upholstery | 343-9433 Roanoke
Creasy’s Upholstery | 362-8513 Roanoke
There are two types of water damage to furniture: black water marks and white water marks.
A black water mark means that the moisture has gone through the finish and into the wood. The black color is the result of the moisture reacting with the tannic acid in the wood. As a homeowner, there is nothing you can do to remove the black ring without ruining the furniture. A professional can usually get the black out but it involves refinishing the affected surface. I recommended that you leave the black water mark and restore the existing finish. The black mark imparts character to the heirloom piece. It does not detract from its historical, sentimental, or economic value.
White water marks are caused by moisture penetrating the protective finish (Shellac, varnish, lacquer, water based finishes, catalyzed lacquer, conversion varnish, spirit varnish, urethane, etc.) The moisture is trapped below the finish but has not penetrated the wood. It is very important to treat the white rings immediately. White water marks may turn to black water marks depending on the integrity of the finish. The older the finish, the more likely the white water marks because the finish is breaking down. White water marks are caused by moisture from glasses, hot pizza boxes, and casserole dishes, etc.
Immediate action: The sooner you take action, the better your prospects of success. The moisture must be drawn out of the finish. If you do not see cracks in the finish, apply petroleum jelly to the affected area. Let it stand over night. Paste wax is my second choice. This can be applied to any finish.
If that does not work, call me. The next progression of remedies depends on the type of finish. Different finishes require different procedures.