Shirley asked, “How do I remove C Battery acid from finished furniture? Acid seeped through a portable radio on a wooden nightstand. It is part of a Thomasville bedroom suite. Is there a product for such?”
To remove battery acid, it is necessary to first neutralize the acid with a base. Once the acid is neutralized, it can be rinsed away. Follow these simple steps for quick and easy results.
You Will Need:
- Baking soda
- Soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Battery Acid:
- Mix baking soda with water to develop a thin paste.
- Pour the paste onto the acid and let it set for a few minutes. Do not scrub or rub it in.
- Set the piece over the tub or take it outside if possible, then rinse away the baking soda by pouring fresh, clean water over it. If the item cannot be moved outside, rinse off the powder by wiping it thoroughly with a wet cloth. (Wear gloves as a precaution.)
- Repeat if necessary until all of the acid is removed.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- If the surface is discolored, the acid may have eaten through the finish. In these cases, you can either have the spot refinished by a professional, or you can attempt to do it yourself. Sand the area to remove any remaining finish. Apply a stain that matches the original color. Once dry, apply a protective coating.