Home Living Room Designs
How to cure it
Sometimes it occurs without apparent cause even on interior work, and remains as a lasting blemish. A brisk rubbing with a soft cloth damp with olive oil may be sufficient to remove it, but, generally, the only cure is to rub the work down with fine sandpaper, then dust it off, and apply another coat of varnish.
How to lessen the Risk of Bloom occurring
Although no complete specific or sure preventive has yet been discovered, the observance of certain precautions will much lessen the risk of bloom occurring. It has been discovered by experience that the condensation of moisture on a newly varnished surface during the process of drying encourages the tendency to bloom. If, for instance, a front door or the walls of an entrance passage are varnished during the heat of an afternoon and this is followed by a cool evening, moisture is precipitated on to the partly dry varnish, and blooming is almost inevitable. Therefore, during weather in which quick changes of temperature are likely, it is best to do the varnishing early in the day so that it may be practically dry before the cool air of evening strikes it.
Another frequent cause of blooming is the mopping of the floor of a room and the immediate varnishing of the woodwork while the floor is still wet. This should be avoided by allowing the floor to become thoroughly dry before varnishing is proceeded with.
Now let us consider the actual processes of application, and these will, of course, vary with the kind of surface we are working upon.