The surfaces of wood furniture can experience damage because they are naturally vulnerable to scratches, nicks and gouges. When used regularly, wood will show signs of wear and tear, but the good news is scratches can be removed or handled, and the following guide will help you complete this process successfully.

The most important thing is that you fix your scratched wooden furniture quickly. Most pieces of wood furniture have a finish that protects the surface of the wood, but when this becomes compromised, it can lead to more damage, and this is why you should never put off this project. Fixing scratches quickly will save you a lot of time and work later on, and the faster you do this, the easier it will be to get your piece looking shiny and new once again.

Light & Surface Scratches

Light scratches that are a result of everyday use are easy to repair depending on the finish, and you can use a number of options to conceal or remove such scratches. Deeper and heavier scratches will most likely need a refinish. 

  • Furniture polish: This is one of the easiest ways to conceal minor surface scratches. There are a number of furniture polishes on the market that come in different colours, and all you have to do is apply a small amount to the surface and buff and polish the piece by hand. Note that this process will most likely need to be repeated periodically.
    Beeswax polish and Odie’s Oil, which we carry in stock, are excellent options. Try to avoid polishes with too many chemicals, as they can dull the finish over time.
  • Pumice: You can rub out surface scratches in your wooden furniture with a paste made of mineral oil and pumice (available in powder form at hardware and paint stores). Use extra-fine-grade steel wool to rub the mixture into the scratched area. Then wipe it off and buff it with a dry cloth
  • Crayon: Sometimes, you can cover up a furniture scratch rather than actually removing it. Choose a wax crayon that matches the colour of the finish on your scratched furniture. Colour in the scratch, then rub the spot with your finger to blend the crayon with the finish and buff away any excess.

Worn Edges

A touch-up marker with a felt tip can do wonders for worn-down edges, and these types of markers can be purchased online or in a good deal of hardware or home renovation stores. Try to find a marker colour that matches the colour of your wood, and once you apply the marker, use some paste wax over the area and apply it to the rest of the furniture piece as well to breathe new life into the wood. Be sure to buff it in well with a clean rag.

How to Remove Scratches from Wood Furniture

White Rings

White rings will appear when hot cups are placed on furniture with varnishes or lacquers as top coats. Denatured alcohol is a great solution to this problem. Alternatively, placing a hot iron on a moist towel on top of the ring can sometimes clear the cloudiness as well. Be sure to test on an inconspicuous area first. If the rings have turned black, it means the wood has sustained moisture damage, and you will have to refinish the top. If you find the alcohol has taken some shine away, do not worry and use furniture polish and steel wool to rub the area down gently to bring back the shine.

Large Scratches and Gouges

This requires more work and effort. The piece will most likely need to be stripped or sanded down, depending on the finish, the piece, and the extent of the damage. It is best to consult an expert at this stage. Contact us today at 905-844-2584 for a free consultation.