8 Tricks to Get Rid of Scratches on Wooden Furniture

07 March, 2019
Wooden furniture is beautiful, but also very easily damaged. Before changing your furniture, try these 8 great tricks to get rid of scratches!

Wooden furniture is more popular than ever. Although there are other options, many people still prefer wood furniture both for its quality and elegant touch.

The problem is that maintaining this type of furniture is not always easy. After all, many external agents can deteriorate or crack it.

However, there are some homemade tricks that help get rid of scratches and imperfections to keep this furniture in good condition. The best part about them is that they’re cheap!

In today’s article, we want to reveal 8 interesting tricks to help you restore your wooden furniture to its former glory.

Try them!

1. Cod liver oil for wooden furniture

A person cleaning some wooden furniture.

While it doesn’t have a pleasant odor, cod liver oil is a simple solution to disguise the unsightly scratches on wooden furniture.

How to use it

  • Break a capsule of cod liver oil, rub the liquid on the affected area of the piece of furniture and then wait a few hours until it penetrates well into the wood.
  • After you’ve waited a couple of hours, rub a soft cloth on the furniture to polish it.
  • Repeat this twice a week.

2. Nuts

A paste made with nuts is a simple remedy to cover those small scratches that make wooden furniture look old. Their natural fats and pulp melt easily over the wooden material, giving it a fresh look.


How to use them

  • Grind several nuts until you get a flour-like substance, and then moisten it with a little bit of water or olive oil.
  • After that, rub the product on the furniture and let it dry.
  • Remove the excess paste with a soft cloth. Repeat these steps once a week.

3. Wax

A bowl of wax.

Wax is a solid and malleable material that can be used to cover scratches, cracks and other imperfections on furniture.

It can even be mixed with paints to change its color since it can easily blend with other ingredients.

How to use it

  • Rub the required amount of wax onto the furniture, or use hard wax on the furniture to fill in any small holes that are forming.
  • After that, use a sponge or soft cloth to polish the furniture.

4. Coffee grounds

You also can use the dye that coffee grounds release to make furniture that starts to look scratched and aged look better.

Using this ingredient reduces the presence of stains on furniture and fills small cracks or dents.

How to use it

  • Moisten the coffee grounds with water or flax seed oil, and then apply this mixture to the areas of furniture need attending to.
  • Remove excess mixture with a brush. Do these steps once a week.

Read more: 14 Alternative Uses for Coffee at Home

5. Vinegar and olive oil

Recipients for oil and vinegar.

The combination of vinegar with olive oil results in a rinse-aid product which also conceals scratches. Both ingredients protect wood from external agents and eliminate dust and bacteria.

How to use them

  • Combine equal parts of white vinegar with olive oil and then rub the solution onto the wood surface you want to polish.
  • Allow it to absorb for a few minutes and then remove any excess liquid with a damp cloth.

6. Plasticine

Although you may nor have thought of using it before, plasticine is a very useful material to cover cracks that damage wooden furniture.

How to use it

  • Take the amount of plasticine that you consider necessary. Use it to fill in any holes in the furniture and then apply a little lacquer or glue on it so that it stays in position.

7. Toothpaste with oil

A toothbrush with toothpaste on.

A mixture of toothpaste with oil can also be very useful to hide the scratches on tables or wooden objects.

How to use it

  • Firstly, moisten the toothpaste with a little vegetable oil and rub it on the scratches.
  • Leave it on until it dries and then remove any excess product with a damp cloth.

See also: 12 Practical and Unusual Uses for Toothpaste

8. Sawdust with glue

If the scratches on your wooden furniture are too deep, then using sawdust with glue is the solution to this problem.

How to use them

  • Firstly, take the amount of sawdust you consider necessary and mix with a little bit of glue.
  • Rub this mixture over the cracks in the furniture, wait for it to dry, and then polish the surface.
  • If you like, you can apply some lacquer or paint to give the furniture a shiny look.

Before changing your furniture, try all these tricks and see how you can make it look like new.

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