Q: I have a beautiful set of antique Chinese black teak furniture including a double dining table and chairs. My kitty has "marked" the legs, leaving ugly spots where the urine has removed the black stain. What is safe to use to effectively remove the odor without ruining the wood? What stains, oils, and techniques will recondition and re-stain the light spots? -Sent by kfeb
Editor: Everything I know about hiding marks on wooden furniture I learned from Ron Swanson—"Take a walnut and rub it into the legs of your table. That'll mask the scratches."—but I don't think that will help with such extensive damage. And I definitely don't think it would do anything about the smell! Readers, how can kfeb return these pieces to their original glory? And any tips for preventing similar damage from occurring in the future?
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