Furniture Fixes: How to Repair Knicks, Scratches And Stains

No matter what rules you have in place in your home, it is inevitable that your furniture will become damaged at some point or another. This is particularly frustrating when you’ve invested money in a new, good quality piece of furniture only to have it fall victim to a household bump or scape. Small knicks, scratches and stains, however, are nothing to worry about and with a little care and attention, you can get your furniture back to day-one condition in no time. 

Small scratches and dents in your furniture can easily be fixed with the right approach. Whether you have scuffed your brand new TV unit, stained the kitchen table or dented your dresser, there are steps that you can take to repair the damage. While these strategies will work well with everyday house furniture, it’s always best to seek out professional help if you are dealing with old or expensive antique furniture. For most situations, however, the tips below will help you to fix any superficial damage to your furniture with ease. 

Continue reading to learn how you can repair knicks, scratches and stains to your furniture and keep your furniture looking brand new. 

Pre-Repair Prep For Timber Furniture 

Wooden furniture is highly susceptible to scratches, and unfortunately, scratches occur more often than most homeowners would like. While seeing marks on your furniture can be distressing, they can easily be repaired using some everyday supplies you can find at your local hardware store. To prepare, you will need denatured alcohol, touch up markers and wax sticks to get the job started. Remember to always clean the furniture properly with warm soapy water to remove any products from the surface such as polish or wax. 

Removing Water Stains

Those white stain rings that appear under coffee cups and glasses are caused by water vapour penetrating the finish of the wood. These can be difficult to remove with everyday household cleaners. However, with a little denatured alcohol on a cloth, they will be removed in an instant. 

Fixing Knicks And Scratches

Furniture can easily be chipped, resulting in little knicks missing from the surface of the item. This is not a great look and something that most homeowners want to resolve as soon as possible. If the underlying colour has not been affected, simply place a few drops of clear nail polish in the affected area and, after it dries, sand it down gently until it is flush using 600-grit sandpaper. 

For larger scratches, touch-up markers are key. These products are available in a range of colours to match the most popular wood tones and furniture finishes. Apply to the damaged area to colour in the exposed timber left behind from the scratch. Be sure to only apply to the affected area, removing any residue from the surrounding area if necessary. Finally, apply a paste wax coating over the repaired area and the surrounding surface to give the furniture an even sheen. 

Repairing Deep Dents Or Dings

If your furniture has been damaged due to impact, the timber around the point of impact may be slightly raised. Before you begin any repairs, this should be sanded down so that it is flush with the adjacent surface. Next, choose a wax stick that best matches the furniture’s finish and apply the wax stick to the damaged area until it is just overfilled with wax. Remove the excess wax so to leave a smooth finish. Apply a paste wax coating to the repair and the rest of the furniture surface so there is an even sheen post-repair. 

Keep Your Furniture Looking Its Best

Despite your best efforts, both new and old furniture will endure some damage at some point. When these small dings, knocks and scratches become apparent, you will need to take steps to repair them. Following the tips above, you will be able to maintain your furniture, repair any minor damage with ease and ensure that your furniture always looks its best.

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