How to Repair Laminated Furniture

Written by dale yalanovsky
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Wooden furniture generally comes in two types--natural or laminated. A laminated piece of furniture uses a very thin covering of a different type of wood or particle board that is stained or finished to look like a more expensive or exotic type of wood. While these coverings are very durable and can last a lifetime, when they become damaged in any way--and because they are just a covering--they cannot be repaired like ordinary wood and need to be taken care of differently.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Stain or furniture polish
  • Old rag
  • Clothes iron
  • Wood filler sticks, your choice of matching colour

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    Shake up a small can of stain or furniture polish.

  2. 2

    Dip your old rag into the stain or polish. A little goes a long way.

  3. 3

    Rub the covered rag over the scratches, coating them with stain.

  4. 4

    Wipe them off with the dry part of the rag, and the laminate scratches will have disappeared.


  1. 1

    Plug your iron in and turn it on to medium heat.

  2. 2

    Place a few drops of water onto the dent, then cover it with an old rag.

  3. 3

    Carefully place the iron onto the dent and let it sit for about 15 seconds. The dent will pop up from the laminate.

  4. 4

    Remove the iron and rag and let the area cool.

    Chips or Gouges

  1. 1

    Remove the cap from the wood filler stick.

  2. 2

    Press the stick tip into the crack or gouge. The composition of the stick will adhere inside the blemish.

  3. 3

    Completely fill in the damaged area with the wood filler stick.

  4. 4

    Wipe away any excess with your old rag and allow to dry overnight.

Tips and warnings

  • Replacing the stain on a rag with coffee grounds also works. You can dip an old rag into grounds and rub them into the scratches to make them disappear--but always use fresh grounds if you do this.

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