Part of active life is that your furniture suffers some stains and scratches. Every day, wear and tear can accumulate and make your once attractive pieces eyesores. No need to give up on their ever looking good again - we’ve found an inexpensive way to fix scratches without having to have your furniture sanded down or professionally treated.
The best thing about this solution is that it’s natural and uses household ingredients every kitchen has. Because it doesn’t contain chemicals that shut down your respiratory systems you don’t need to move the furniture out. This works brilliantly for both dark and light wooden furniture, but not for floor boards.
Note: This formula works for unsealed wood and will not work if the wood has a veneer or is lacquered. In addition, if it is mahogany or other expensive wood, consult an expert before using this method.
This treatment only requires two ingredients, vinegar and olive oil.
Mix ¼ cup white vinegar and ½ cup of olive oil in a bowl or jug.
1. Dip a rag in the mixture and rub it on the wooden surface.
2. Apply lots of elbow grease, using all the liquid, making sure to cover the entire surface.
3. Let the formula do its magic, letting it soak for several hours. Afterwards wipe off any excess oil.
4. Some might not appreciate the strong smell of vinegar. You can mask it by adding essential oils to the mix.
How it works
Vinegar is acidic enough to cut through all the dirt and cleaners clogging the scratches and scuffs.
The vinegar strips the dirt and oils while the olive oil seeps into the tears and scratches, giving the wood the moisture it needs, and helping to repair the color
For darker woods, you might consider replacing the white vinegar with apple cider vinegar, which has more naturally occurring tannins. This can help repair the decolorization that appears in some of the scratches.
Alternatively adding ground coffee to the mixture can also help with decolorization for darker woods.
This treatment lasts for months and only needs touch-ups or re-applications every 4 to 5 months.