I have a furniture problem, and I thought I would toss it out there to see if I could find a solution James Surowiecki-style.
I have a nice armchair that was a graduation gift. It’s a solid wood like cherry or something, with a black finish in most places, and the seal of my alma mater on the headrest. Anyway, some time back I placed a cushion in the seat, because as nice as the chair is, I’m not going to treat it like a showpiece, but it gets a tad stiff if you sit in it for a while. Well, the cushion had little rubber gripper things on the bottom, so it wouldn’t slip. I know now I should have gotten one of those that you tie off, because the rubber grips seem to have left a bit of a residue on the seat. There’s a nice little ass-shaped pattern now. The one good thing is that the rubber leavings are black, too, so they don’t show up too badly. But if I rub them off, they streak a little, and I end up with smudges that look like I was using a pencil eraser on it.
I want to restore the chair to its original condition, but I don’t want to make the finish look any worse than it does. I’m willing to test some products on the bottom and see what the result is, but I was hoping someone had a better idea, or a favorite product for cleaning wood. Thanks in advance.