Repair Scratches in Wood at Home

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Have you ever been house cleaning and discovered a scratch in a piece of wood furniture while you were dusting? While you can take it to a professional or buy commercial repair kits, you can also repair the scratch with things you already have at home.

The Queen of Clean at DIY Network suggests these nifty tricks:

For Any Wood Type

Check out your child’s box of crayons and see if you can find one that closely matches the wood. Color in the scratch with the crayon until it’s covered. Grab a blow dryer and blow it on the scratch while you buff it with a cloth.

The wax will melt into the scratch, filling it and making it disappear!

For Dark Woods

Look in your medicine cabinet for some iodine, an antiseptic that is usually dark brown in color. Paint it on the scratch, then dab off the excess. Apply as man times as needed to disguise the scratch.

This also works on discolored patches because the iodine settles into the exposed wood.

For Lighter Woods

For a scratch in a lighter wood, crack a pecan or a walnut, and use the meat (the part of the nut you eat) to color in the scratch. When the scratch is filled in, buff the area with a cloth.

The pulp and nut oil get into the crevice and fill it. You’ll also get a pretty nice shine on the area!

Have you ever tried to fix a scratched piece of wood on your own? Will you try one of these tips if you discover a scratch?

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