Eight Ways to Remove Scratches on Furniture

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Eight Ways to Remove Scratches on Furniture

Last update: 28 September, 2020

Do you know how to get rid of scratches on your wooden furniture or are you wondering how? Don’t worry, it’s normal to have some doubts since not all types of wood are the same or require the same care.

In order to help you with this, below we’ll discuss 8 homemade tricks that can help you get rid of and attenuate the scratches of your wooden furniture, so they regain their appearance and so you can enjoy them for longer. Let’s start!

Eight tricks to get rid of scratches on wooden furniture

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, what can you do to get rid of scratches and imperfections to keep this furniture in good condition?

A wooden table in the dining room.
There are several tricks to get rid of scratches on your wooden furniture.

According to popular belief and grandma’s wisdom, depending on the type of wood, it’s possible to resort to one trick or another.

Although all are generally helpful, keep in mind they may not be as powerful as specific wood treatment products or may need to be applied multiple times to achieve the results you want.

In addition, as there are very different types of wood, we recommend you try the trick on a small part of the furniture to see if it works (or doesn’t).

1. Cod liver oil for 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. Pecans

A paste made with pecans 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 pecans 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

Wax is great for removing scratches on wooden furniture.
With beeswax, you can hydrate the wood and hide the most recent scratches.

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 flaxseed oil, and then apply this mixture to the areas of furniture need attending to.
  • Remove the excess mixture with a brush.
  • Do these steps once a week.

5. Vinegar and olive oil

In popular culture, the combination of vinegar and olive oil produces a polishing product that can also hide the appearance of scratches.

Both ingredients protect the wood against external agents and eliminate dust and bacteria. This could be due to the antibacterial properties of vinegar and oil.

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.
  • It’s important to mix the two ingredients well since vinegar is an acid and its direct application could damage the wood.

6. Plasticine

A child rolling out some plasticine.

Although you may not 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.
  • You can make your own plasticine at home with a little flour and water.

7. Toothpaste with oil

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

It’s possible that the antibacterial action of both products helps disinfect the material and in turn, get rid of those marks that remain due to the scratches that sometimes occur in the wood.

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.

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 it

  • 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.

How to avoid scratches on your wooden furniture?

A person cleaning a table.
It’s important to clean and treat wood regularly so it doesn’t get damaged.

Wooden furniture is very beautiful and gives your home an elegant look. However, they’re not exempt from accidents.

In addition, wood is a delicate material and once it’s damaged, it’s not easy to fix. That’s why it’s best to take especially good care of it.

To do so, we recommend you clean it daily (if possible with specialized products) and apply varnish or wax regularly.

On the other hand, it’s recommended not to place wooden furnishings in humid spaces or where the sun shines too much since it can lose its color or rot.

Finally, if you have wooden furniture in the kitchen, it’s important to clean it even more and avoid grease buildup. To do this, you have the option of using specific products or, if you wish, one of the disinfectant options we’ve presented above.

However, it’s difficult to avoid cracks and scratches on your furniture with use. That’s why we’ll leave you with these tricks that, we hope, can be useful to you.

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