How to Fix Up Your Scratched Table

If you intend to invite people over to your house for a holiday meal or party, you may want to fix up damaged wood to ensure it does not ruin the feel of your décor. The nicks and scratches of everyday use on a table can provide a feeling of character, however, if it is more than just a scratch and the table appears visibly damaged, you may want to fix it up a bit. Alcohol stains, deep scratches, and water rings are very simple to fix. You do not have to re-finish the table, just use this simple trick:

First and foremost, you will need some supplies to get this work done. These include:

  • Cleaning fluid for wood
  • Soft and coarse clothes
  • Steel wool
  • Wax stick
  • Scratch repair pen
  • Blade
  • Brush
  • Wood varnish
  • Wax polish
  • Finish reviver
  • Silicone-carbide paper

Once you have all of these, the first step is to…

Clean Your Wood

To clean the wood, you will need to use a piece of coarse cloth and the cleaning fluid. Dampen the cloth with the fluid and rub it onto the table in the grain direction of the table. The direction is important because it ensures that the protective wax layer is softened. Once this is done, use the soft cloth to remove all the table sludge. In order to ensure that the table is clean, inspect the edges to see if there is excess moulding. If there is, use the steel wool to remove wax and grease and finish off by wiping with the soft cloth.


The wood will look very dull after you have completed cleaning. For this reason, the next thing you need to do is to revitalize the table. Take the finish reviver and wet a soft cloth with it. Take the cloth and use it to rub the surfaces of the table until you see a visible shine.

Clean Minor Scratches

The next step is clearing all the minor scratches from the table. To do this, you can use either an artist’s brush or furniture repair pen that is liquid in nature. Use these to cover up the minor scratches by simply going over the scratches.

How To Deal With Deep Scratches

For deep scratches, you need to ensure you rub a wood wax stick similar in colour to your table until the scratch is entirely filled. After this, you will need to wipe of all the excess filling to ensure it has a clean finish. Next, fill the scratch using varnish.


The last thing you need to do is polish the table in order to ensure it has a perfect finished look. Apply the wax polish using a soft piece of cloth all over the table taking care to use more polish on damaged areas.

If you follow these steps you can easily fix a damaged table. However, it is important to consider the extent of the damage in order to know if it is time to get a new dining table. Dining and Stools is one of the best places you can get quality durable dining tables at great prices.

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