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Easy Fixes for Scratched Wood Furniture

Easy Fixes for Scratched Wood Furniture

When it comes to home furniture, there’s no other material quite like wood. Beautiful, adaptable, and resilient, wood adds a note of luxury to any living room, dining room, bedroom, or home library. Over time, however, wood is prone to getting scratched and damaged. Luckily, there are some easy DIY solutions for fixing scratched wood furniture.

Whether your wood is suffering from minor scratches or more substantial damage, you can use the following tricks to fix scratched wood and get your furniture looking good as new (or close to it).

Fixing Minor Scratches

If your furniture has received minor scratches, never fear. For minor damage, there are some easy ways that you can mask scratches or fix scratched wood.

  • Nuts. Believe it or not, the oil in nuts can penetrate the surface of scratched wood to mimic stains and mask scratches. Take a walnut, pecan, almond, or brazil nut, apply a bit of the nut meat into the scratch, and then use the rest of the nut to rub it in.
  • Vinegar and Oil. Mix together one part white vinegar with three parts oil (canola, vegetable, or olive oil). Apply a generous amount of this mixture to a soft cloth, then rub the wood in the direction of the scratch.
  • Crayon. If you can match colors, a wax crayon can mask surface stains on wood easily. For best results, head to your local hardware store, which should sell crayons specifically designed to mimic different colors of stains.
  • Coffee Grounds. For darker woods, use a Q-tip to rub damp coffee grounds into the scratch. Allow them to sit for a couple of hours before wiping away to allow the coffee oils to penetrate the scratched wood.

Fixing Deep Scratches

Sometimes wood suffers deeper, more noticeable scratches. If someone’s gouged a crevice into your kitchen table, or your dog has chewed up the leg of your armoire, it will take a little more work to fix scratched wood.

To fix deep scratches in wooden furniture, we suggest using auto body filler or wood epoxy (or both) to repair structural damage, then finishing the job with acrylic paint and sealer to mimic the color of your furniture. This job will take a little more time and skill than fixing surface-level scratches. We suggest consulting with the staff at your local hardware store to find the right filler, paint, and sealant for your project.

With a little elbow grease and some help from your local Maid Right, you can keep wooden furniture looking beautiful year-round. Learn more about our maid services and contact your local office today at (855) 624-3744.