Kitchen Tables – Erasing Scratches From Them is Easy
Scratches happen. Scratches on your kitchen tables are going to happen. Your kitchen table is probably the busiest place in your home, where everything lands, where you drop your keys, where you eat your meals and the kids do their homework. Removing those scratches can be challenging, but not impossible. How you will remove scratches will depend on what type of table you have.
First, make sure the scratches really are scratches. Often smudges streaks and other marks can look just like scratches and make you think they are. Clean the table thoroughly so you can tell what scratches, and what are not.
Once you have determined what really are scratches and are not, it's time to get some jewelers rouge or compound. This is the type of material that jewelers use to fill in scratches in gemstones. You can purchase this type of material at a jeweler's store or a supply store for jewelers.
Apply the compound according to the instructions. Make sure to remove any remaining compound from the surface. Once it has set or dried you should clean the table once again, to make sure any remaining residue is removed.
Your table is ready to use.
Once you notice scratches in your wooden kitchen table, the same first rule applications – clean the table. Again, you want to make sure what you think are scratches really are, and are not just dirt or food residue that looks like table damage.
The easy way out is to use a wood repair kit, which can be purchased at your local hardware store. In this case follow the instructions.
If you would prefer a more do-it-yourself method, you will need a nut. Walnut and pecan nuts are used for this. What you need to do is open the nut and rub the meat into the scratches in the wood tabletop. This takes a little repetition and patience. As you rub back and forth, the meat of the nut will warm up from the friction and the oils from the nut will then start to liquefy and fill up the crack. Make sure the whole area feels warm before you stop rubbing the nut.
Take a quick look at the area and see how well it has worked. Sometimes it takes more than once to completely fill the scratch.
One problem you may notice is that there is a slight color difference in the scratch area (from the nut meat) to the rest of your table. This can be easily solved by breaking into the kid's art supply box. Find a crayon that is as close to the color of your table as you can and lightly the scratch.
This is not an exact science the first time, so you may need to be patient and try the method a time or two to get it to completely look the way you want.
Once upon a time scratches in kitchen tables were just a focus of frustration until time came to replace the table. These days a scratch is only a mild annoyance that can be easily removed.