Fixing Varnish Damaged by Spilled Perfume

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Perfume can damage the finish on your furniture if it is spilled. Typically the fix is to sand, stain, and refinish. This is a page about fixing varnish damaged by spilled perfume.


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April 11, 2017

The dressing table has a gloss vanish finish. I noticed some alcohol from a perfume bottle has leaked. I've tried to clean with a paper towel and all purpose cleaner. The spill has removed the vanish finish and the stain and now I can see bare wood in a section. Any tips of how I can fix at home, this furniture is part of a rental property and is not mine. Please help!


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I have done the same thing. Twice. Take a drawer out and take the drawer to Lowe's and match the stain and varnish or clear coat.


Sand it and apply. I got lucky and was able to get a perfect match so I only had to redo the damaged area. But , you make have to do the entire dresser top.

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April 11, 20170 found this helpful

The whole top has to be refinished. It is too big an area to spot finish. Remove the varnish and restain

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I would sand down the top layer and stain the wood again.

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it will cost more in time and money to fix it rather than just pay for it and cover it with paint or fabric

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