How to Repair Black Stains on Veneered Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Veneered furniture is plywood or particleboard furniture that is covered in a thin layer of wood. The veneer makes the piece of furniture look like it is solid wood construction. Veneer furniture is generally cheaper and lighter than solid furniture. Black stains on veneer can be scuff marks, ink marks or burn marks. Remove them carefully, as you are unable to sand away scratches on veneer.

Rub an eraser over the black marks. If the marks are made from the soles of rubber shoes, this process should remove all of the marks.

Spray the black stain with hairspray. The alcohol in the hairspray will work to remove ink stains. Do not soak the veneer as this could weaken it.

Wipe up the stain and the hairspray with a clean cloth.

Apply distilled white vinegar to a clean cloth so that the cloth is damp but not soaking wet.

Rub the cloth over the veneer until you remove the rest of the black stain.

Dry the veneer completely with a clean cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Eraser
  • Hairspray
  • White vinegar
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Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.