Wednesday, August 19, 2015

4 Ways to Hide Scratches on Wooden Surfaces


Wooden floors and furniture are a staple in every home, and keeping them in good condition is a prime investment. But wear and tear is inevitable, and for those looking to remedy a scratch or several, try your hand at these quick-fix solutions:


Quick Cover-up

- Use an eyebrow pencil of the same color to hide a minor scratch in the wood. Color within the scratch to cover it up.

- You can also use coffee or black tea as DIY dye. Dip the tip of a cottonbud into wet coffee grounds or a strong solution of black tea. Dab into the scratch to camouflage it as best as possible.


Buffing

- Oils hydrate and buff up wood, making it look almost as good as new. Mix 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup olive oil. Dip a white, lint-free cloth into the mixture and rub onto the affected area until the abrasions in the wood become less visible.

- You can also use a walnut to the same effect. Walnuts are rich in oils that penetrate and rehydrate the wood. Just rub out the affected area with a shelled walnut until the scratch is minimized. Buff with a soft, clean cloth afterwards.


Using Wood Filler

- Using steel wool or a lightweight sandpaper, rub the affected area, making sure to go in the direction of the grain. Sweep the area clear of the debris. Then, with a premixed wood filler you can get at the hardware store, fill in the scratch using a plastic putty knife. Let dry thoroughly. Once dry, rub again using lightweight sandpaper to get rid of the excess filler. Refinish the board with varnish.


Ironing

- For minor dents in the wood, apply a wet cloth over the affected area, then press the wet cloth with a clothes iron on high setting. Make circular motions with the iron. The wet cloth beneath it should generate as much steam as possible. Do this until the dent is minimized.


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