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Small bumps have appeared on the surface of my wooden coffee table due to drink spillages over the years. What can I do?

If small bumps are appearing on your table surface as a result of moisture, it might be that your furniture has a veneer surface. “Bumps wouldn’t normally appear on the surface as a result of water spillage – it should result in a water mark instead. If it is a veneer top, it means that water has seeped beneath the top layer and caused it to distort,” says Terence Teh, marketing manager at furniture retailer Journey East.  Try fixing small bubbles or blisters by placing a damp cloth over them and going over the spot with a hot iron. This might reactivate the glue which no longer bonds the veneer to its base.