How to Repair Scratches on a Wood Table

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How to Repair Scratches on a Wood Table
Repair scratches on a wood table with a crayon. (elegant home dining table image by Paul Hill from

Wood tables, especially dining tables, receive scratches from dropped silverware or dinnerware scooted across the wood finish. Scratches mar the look of wood tables, giving them an old and drab appearance. Dirt and grime collect in the pockets of scratches, leaving behind dark etches in the wood. Repairing the scratches on a wood table helps restore the beauty of the wood finish.

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Things you need

  • Cloths
  • Crayon
  • Knife
  • Rag
  • Iodine
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Fine-tipped brush

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  1. 1

    Wipe dust from the wood table with a clean cloth.

  2. 2

    Cut the end of a matching crayon with a knife to form a smaller tip.

  3. 3

    Fill the scratch using the crayon.

  4. 4

    Wipe excess crayon from the scratch with a clean rag.

  1. 1

    Wipe a light wood table clean with a cloth, removing dust from within the scratch.

  2. 2

    Dilute 2 tbsp of iodine with 1 tbsp denatured alcohol. Apply the diluted iodine to a fine-tipped brush.

  3. 3

    Fill the scratch with the iodine solution, brushing it into the imperfection until flush with the wood table.

  4. 4

    Clean excess iodine from the wood table with a rag.

Tips and warnings

  • For cherry wood tables, do not dilute the iodine.
  • Use felt tip markers to repair a scratch if you can locate an exact match to the wood.

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