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How To Remove Scratches From Wood Furniture

We do not always take care of our wood furniture. We put many things on it which results in damaging it. We are not even aware of that, and after a while we notice light scuffs and scratches. If you thought that you have completely ruined your furniture and there is no solution, you are wrong. There are actually many ways to remove them. Which one you will choose, depends on the depth of the scratch and the type of finish. Take a look at this methods:

Surface/Finish Scratches

They are small and do not enter the wood underneath the finish. Look at the scratch at an angle, and if you don’t see discoloration, then the scratch is only on the surface. Try one of the following methods to fix it.

You will need:

  • Paste wax
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • Lint free cloth


  • The scratch will be easy to remove if the surface is waxed. All you should do is apply a paste wax over the surface and buff. The wax will fill up and even out the grooves. They will disappear in a second.
  • You can also use lemon juice and oil. Make a mixture of them in a small dish.
  • By using the mixture, moisten a lint free cloth.
  • Make sure you are rubbing the cloth firmly over the scratched area until it is no longer visible.
  • In case your furniture has an oil finish, look for a product made by the manufacturer to remove scratches.

How To Remove Surface Scratches From Polyurethane Or Urethane Finishes

You will need:

  • 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper
  • Water
  • 0000 steel wool
  • Paste wax


  • Start with moistening the sandpaper with water (you can also use lemon oil).
  • Then, carefully sand the surface where the furniture is scratched. Go after the direction of the scratch. Be careful not to put too much sand on the area.
  • When you have removed the scratch, apply a paste wax and buff by using 0000 steel wool. In this way you will bring backs its shine.

How To Remove Surface Scratches From Shellac Or Lacquer Finishes?
You will need:

  • Rubbing alcohol (use it for shellac finish)
  • Lacquer thinner or nail polish remover (for lacquer finish)
  • Small brush


  • Start with dipping the brush into the thinner (the appropriate one).
  • Now, brush the surface by making gentle motions. The thinner will soften the surface and fill in the crack.
  • When you are done with filling in the crack, let the area to sit during the night. The structure will now be solid, and the scratch will be gone.

How To Fix Scratches That Penetrate the Surface and Into the Wood?

If you notice that the scratch is discolored, it means that the wood itself was damaged so it the color should be brought back. Here you have several homemade solutions as well as commercial products you can try.

You will need:

  • Nut meat (Brazil, almonds, pecans, walnuts)
  • Shoe polish/dye
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Wood stain
  • Small paint brush
  • Cotton swab
  • Furniture paste wax or polish


  • Make sure that the color of the colored pencils and the color of your furniture match perfectly.
  • Now, dip a small paint brush or cotton swab into the desired coloring agent. Some commercial products have their own applicator.
  • Apply the color following the line of the scratch.
  • Repeat the procedure until the color matches the rest of the area.
  • When the process of coloring is over, apply a wax or polish to the surface to renovate the finish.

Extra Tips:

If these methods don’t work out for your furniture, they may have to be fixed up by a professional.
Visit a paint store or check your local hardware to look out for products designed to fill in scratches and bring back the color.

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