Spring Time Furniture Care

Now that spring is here, it is a good time to take care of your furniture. A cleaning and waxing may be a good idea. Some people like to wax there furniture and some would like to lemon oil there furniture. Which one should you do? Well lets see what each product can do you. One this is you do one or the other, never mix them. If you want to use lemon oil, Old English is good oil to use. One myth about lemon oil is that it penetrate through the finish and feed the wood. That is not true, it does not penetrate through the finish, unless your finish is cracked or “alligatored” then it will seep into the wood through the finish and you do not want to do that. Oil that seeps into the wood through the finish will make the wood turn dark and later make make problems if your plan to have it refinished. Using lemon oil is like putting hand cream on your hands. It will just keep the finish from drying out. Most of the oil that you put on will dry off when you wipe it dry and give the finish a little life and sheen. you wont need to lemon oil more than once or twice a year. Waxing your furniture is another option. There are all kinds of wax on the market and some get expensive. I like to use a basic wax because it contains just wax. You don’t need a wax that has a cleaner mixed in with it or has a nice smell added. Johnson’s Paste wax is a good basic wax. It wipes on and buff’s off very easy and will give a nice glow and add’s a little moisture barrier. You can put wax on any kind of finish, even the finish that is old and cracked. The wax will settle on the top and wont penetrate into the wood like the oil would. You also would not need to wax more than once or twice a year or even longer. Use it when you when the finish looks like it needs it. Which ever product that you use, wax or lemon oil, the sheen or glow that you get on the finish will depend on the condition of the finish. A finish with a good body and not cracked will give you a better sheen than a finish with a lower luster, worn out or cracked. The other thing to keep in mind is the finish on your furniture should be cleaned and free of any dirt, silicons or wax before you add your new application of wax or oil. These build-up’s of dirt, wax or silicons (found in spray Pledge or similar products) will result in a patchy, un-even sheen. So you should clean the finish first. How do we clean the finish on your furniture? If you have a wax build-up, if your finish feels tacky, if you can take your finger, press it on the furniture and make a circular motion and you can see where you were rubbing your finger, you have a wax or silicon build-up. For a heavy wax build-up, you can use Naphtha, a mild solvent you can get in a paint or hardware store. Apply it to a cotton rag and wipe off the wax, turning the rag over and wiping until it is clean and you don’t see traces when you wipe your finger on it in a circular motion. If there is no build-up of wax and the finish is dirty, you can clean it with aerosol glass cleaner that comes in a can. Just spray it on and wipe it off with a cotton rag. This will remove dirt, dust, silicons and low volume of wax. Now you are ready to wax or lemon oil your furniture. Back in 1977 when I started to work with my Dad full time at Raphael’s Furniture, one of my jobs was to clean and prepare the furniture for our finisher. I had to use Benzine, Alcohol or Naphtha which I hated to do. I wanted to find a better and safer way so I would not have to handle these chemicals so much so I decided to try the aerosol glass cleaner and right away I found that it not only did a better job but dried quicker and did not harm the finish, even an old dried finish. When I started to work on The Flea Market Flip Show, Lara Spencer was asking me one day for a bunch of furniture tip’s I could give her that she could use in her book she was working on, “I Break For Yard Sales”. I told her about the glass cleaner and she thought it was a very good tip. When I went to the set of the Flea Market Flip Work Shop, I was happy to see glass cleaner included on the shelves. I hope that this tip was seen across the country and that people would choose that product before using other stronger chemicals.

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Flea Markets in Connecticut

Connecticut is home to many flea markets. Antique lovers and “flipping” enthusiasts find great deals on furniture to restore and refinish, then keep or resell. Raphael’s Furniture helps people like interior designers and hobbyists create furniture that stands out. Owner Mark DeVito is the “Furniture Guru” as featured on the hit TV show, Flea Market Flip. Learn more about Mark DeVito in the news.

Find Flea Markets in Connecticut Near You

This list was created on February 24, 2019 and is subject to change. For best results, call the location to confirm information.

Bethlehem Indoor Flea Market

Cobalt Flea Market

Dave’s Emporium Flea Market and more

  • 3.5 stars, 62 Google reviews
  • Address: 31 Prestige Park Cir, East Hartford, CT 06108
  • Hours: Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays, 8 AM to 5 PM; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Phone: (860) 573-1406

Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market

Flea Market at the Crossing

Maplewood Indoor Flea Market

Moosup Flea Market

New Brunswick Flea Market

Redwood Country Flea Market

The Boulevard Flea Market

The Woodbury Flea Market

Winchester Grange Fair And Flea Market

Wrights Barn & Flea Market

The wood Turner.

About the time I started to go to middle school, my Dad told told me that there was a hand-full of these Danersk craftsmen alive, they have there work benches in there basement and my Dad would use them when he needed a special part needed, a wood turning or a special inlay or veneer work and was a way they would make some money. My Dad would drop me off after school to various European craftsmen and they would show me various skills. Not only were they skillful but each one was a character. The photo below of a wood turner named George Sly who work at Danerk for many years.

(13) Mark DeVito

George Sly

George, in his 80’s. taught me how to turn-wood. His hands were riddled with arthritis and the shape of holding turning chisels for so many hours but he could turn a 100 pieces and they would all be the same. I’d usually arrive at his house about 3:00. George would be sitting at his kitchen table with a tank top and boxer shorts, his usually attire. A cup of black coffee and a …pack of Camel cigarettes on the table. He would say with his raspy voice, “Hello Mark, Oh it’s time for your lesson”. He would walk down the stairs into the basemen, put his work apron on and turn on his wood length. He would then toss the cigarette onto the ground where there was a pile of sawdust that ran from the ground all the way up to his length. You can see craters of where cigarettes had landed and burnt themselves out.

Removing water stains from wood

Removing Water Stains from Wood

Water stains. They ruin the finish on tables and destroy a clean look. Consequently, it is important to know about removing water stains from wood.

Water damage to your finish will appear in one of two ways. Your furniture will have either a cloudy white or dark-looking stain.

Removing Water Stains from Wood

How to Fix Dark Water Stains

Tools Needed:

  • Oxalic acid
  • Clean rag
  • Distilled vinegar


If part of the wood have turned dark, then moisture has penetrated the finish and has touched the wood.

The only way to remove the dark mark is to strip off the existing finish and treat the mark with oxalic acid. This will remove the mark. After, clean the piece with vinegar to neutralize the mark.

How to Remove White Marks From Wood

Tools Needed:

  • Denatured alcohol or rubbing alcohol or industrial alcohol
  • Clean, white cotton cloth
  • Lemon oil (optional)
  • Hair dryer (optional)


If the water damaged area has turned cloudy white, moisture is probably trapped in the finish. You can remove the moisture by rubbing the area with alcohol. Denatured alcohol, rubbing alcohol or industrial alcohol will work. In addition, you can buy these in any hardware store or online.

Importantly – before trying to remove the mark – make sure the alcohol does not melt or strip your finish. Rub the alcohol on a small section of your furniture that is not usually visible, like the back or bottom, to see if the alcohol will harm the finish. Then dampen a white cotton cloth with alcohol and rub the water mark side to side in the direction of the grain.

If the water mark disappears you may be left with a little hazy area which is just some traces of wax or oil. Then, rub down and dry off the piece with lemon oil. Customers can buy lemon oil at our location in Stamford, CT.

Heat the area with a hair dryer if the water mark does not disappear. However, if that does not work the piece will have to be stripped and refinished.