REMOVING FURNITURE SCRATCHES
15 DIY TRICKS
furniture scratches, the ones that make your furniture look old and tired, can
add years to the useful life and appearance of your wood furniture. There are
many DIY tricks you can use to cover those unsightly marks, depending on the
color of the wood, the depth of the nicks and scratches, and the materials on
You may want
to try one of the DIY tricks listed below for removing furniture scratches:
#1. CAR POLISH
Use very lightly so as not to
remove any of the furniture finish.
Coffee can be used in either of 2
ways for removing furniture scratches on dark woods:
- Strongly brewed coffee can
be painted onto the scratches with a cotton ball. Wipe off the excess with a
- Another way to use coffee is to rub the coffee grounds into the
scratches with a cotton swab.
This is one of the best ways to match
the color of furniture wood and it works very well for scratches that are
If you cannot find a close match to your furniture color, you can
mix crayon colors together by grating part of the crayons into a bowl. Place
the bowl in a pan of boiling water to melt the wax. Drip this wax into the
scratches and smooth it with a butter knife.
#4 EYEBROW PENCIL
procedure is good for small scratches. Use an oil-based eyebrow pencil to color
in the scratches.
Cotton Swabs with Iodine
The procedure for using iodine for
removing furniture scratches from dark wood is similar to that of using coffee.
Paint some iodine on the scratch with a cotton ball or swab and wipe the excess with a
#6 LEMON JUICE
procedure works well for small scratches. Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and
vegetable or olive oil. Rub the scratches in one direction until they
If you can find a marker that
matches your furniture’s color, you may be able to successfully hide those
unsightly nicks and scratches.
You may have already heard of using
mayonnaise to remove white rings from furniture. The purpose of using
mayonnaise for removing furniture scratches is the oils contained in the mayonnaise
will expand the wood and fill the scratch.
The procedure is to cover the
scratches with mayonnaise. Do not wipe the excess away for 2 to 3 days.
#9 MINERAL OIL & PUMICE
Mix mineral oil and pumice to make a
paste and use an extra-fine-grade of steel wool to rub the mixture onto the
scratched area. Wipe the area off with a clean cloth and buff with a dry cloth.
NOTE: This procedure does not work
if the furniture has a polyurethane finish.
Apply a watercolor or an oil-based
paint to the wood in a color slightly darker than the furniture finish. Dab
some of the paint onto the scratches with a brush.
#11 PEANUT BUTTER
This procedure is a good one to try
for large gouges in the wood.
Rub peanut butter into the scratch and do not
touch for at least an hour. Wipe off the excess and buff it out with a dry
#13 PETROLEUM JELLY
Apply petroleum jelly over the
scratches and leave it on overnight. This works similar to the use of
mayonnaise. The surrounding wood will expand and fill in the scratch. You can
then wipe it away and polish your furniture.
Let a black tea bag steep for 2 to 3 minutes
in a few tablespoons of hot water. It will get darker the longer it steeps so
you may be able to match your wood color better if the wood is darker by
steeping for a longer amount of time.
Dab some of the tea into the scratches
with a cotton swab. Wipe away the excess with a paper towel. More than one
application may be needed.
#14 VINEGAR & OLIVE OIL
Mix equal amounts of vinegar and
olive oil and rub it over the scratches.
Rub a walnut kernel over the
scratches. The meat of the walnut will fill the scratch and smooth it.
some walnut oil on the scratches with a soft cloth may also help in removing
CAUTION WHEN REMOVING FURNITURE SCRATCHES WITH DIY TRICKS
It is always
best to try any of these procedures in small areas at a time, preferably ones
that could be covered with a doily or a lamp in case a procedure does not work.
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