How to Remove Scratches from Wooden Furniture

Wooden furniture is elegant, durable and matches nearly all traditional interiors, making it a great addition to any home. Unfortunately, scratches can occur, but this doesn’t need to be a cause for concern.

Don’t let a few scratches put you off buying wooden furniture — just a few simple home remedies can leave your desks, drawers and tables looking good as new.



walnuts in a glass bowl

Walnuts — a great source of protein, a squirrel’s best friend, but also an unlikely champion of scratched wooden furniture.

Simply crack that sucker open, rub it on the scratch and then polish the area with a soft cloth. You’ll find that the area has blended almost perfectly with the surrounding finish. Is there anything walnuts can’t do?



Pouring milk into cup of hot masala tea on table

We all know that tea is versatile; ask a crowd for their favourite flavour (or worse, shade) of tea and you’re bound to start a cataclysmic event. So versatile is tea, that it can actually be used to mask scratches from wooden furniture.

Make yourself a cuppa and leave the teabag in. Let it settle for a few minutes until the colour of the tea matches the colour of your furniture. Dip a cotton swab into the tea and dab it on the scratches. Wipe the surrounding areas with a tissue to prevent any staining. You may need to apply multiple coats of tea to the scratches until they have blended with the surrounding finish. 


Lemon juice

freshly squeezed lemon juice in small bowl

We know you still have lemon juice left over from pancake day. Don’t try and hide it — you said you’d have no more than half a pancake with a small, innocent dribble of lemon juice, but ended up drowning a good dozen or two in chocolate sauce. It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Luckily, your lemon juice can be used to mask wooden scratches.

Mix an equal ratio of olive oil and lemon juice. Apply a liberal amount to a cloth and rub the scratch until it disappears.


Crayon wax

row of multicoloured crayons

Step 1: have children. Step 2: raid your child’s crayon box. Ensure you laugh maniacally as you do so — this is critical. If these two steps are too time-consuming, consider purchasing a crayon set instead.

Once in possession of a crayon with a similar colour to your wooden furniture, grate part of it into a small bowl and melt it over a pan of boiling water. Carefully drip the wax into the scratches and smooth with a flat knife or similar utensil.


Felt-tip pen

Colored markers in glass jar

Get a felt-tip pen of similar colour to the wood of your furniture. Colour in the scratch. 

No, really, that’s it.

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