According to Matt Davies Stockton, no one likes to see scratches, marks, and blemishes on their precious wooden table. It ruins the look, and you have to pay a lot of money to fix minor damage. Let’s save you some money and figure out how you can remove scratches from wooden furniture.
- Sandpaper – If the wooden furniture has light scratches, they can be removed with a sanding block or a sanding sponge. Use coarse, 80, or 120 grit sandpaper and move along the grain. This way you leave deeper yet uniform scratches that remove the noticeable scratch by blending it in with the natural grain of the wood.
Light scratches can also be removed with a 180-grit sandpaper and can be followed up with a 240 grit sandpaper for smooth blending. You need to finish off the sanding with the fine 240 grit sandpaper and clean off all the residual dust. Make sure not to jump directly from 80 or 120 to 240. It needs to be gradual so that the scratch can be blended seamlessly. After the scratch is removed and the surface is clean, refinish the surface with wax or oil.
- Vinegar – White vinegar is another great material for removing and blending scratches. It contains around 95 percent water and 5 percent acetic acid. The acetic acid works its way into the existing finish around the scratch and fills it up. However, to make the most of it, you need to mix white vinegar with olive oil to control the strength of the acetic acid.
Mix one part of vinegar with two parts of olive oil and dip the mixture with a soft and clean cotton rag. Squeeze out the rag to get rid of excess liquid and apply the rag over the scratched surface. Use even circular motions and finish it off by rubbing the cloth along the grain of the wood. Let the worked-in mixture sit there for a few minutes and once the scratch completely disappears, you can remove the excess solution by dabbing it with a clean and dry rag.
- Crayons – Wax crayons are made from a similar type of wax used on furniture and they are strengthened as well to hold the structure. When you work in a wax crayon on lightly scratched wooden furniture, it fills up those scratched gaps and integrates with the rest of the wood. Moreover, crayons come in all sorts of colors.
That means you can always buy a stick that matches the stain of the wood and seamlessly blends the scratch. Crayons are also food safe since they are used by children and that means using them to fix the scratch on the dining table wouldn’t pose any problem.
Matt Davies Stockton suggests that you use the above-mentioned methods to fix the scratches on your wooden furniture. They are easy, inexpensive, and can be done within a short amount of time. Save your money for major repairs when you really need the help of a professional.