How to Remove Scratch Marks

Scratch marks are all too common in homes.

Although modern materials can take a lot of wear and tear, they are certainly not indestructible. If you have wood furniture, tables, or floors you are bound to have a scratch. If you have children you will probably have scratches on your walls and counters as well. There are ways to take care of these unsightly scratches without calling a professional. Most of the scratch removal techniques listed here are easy and simple.

Look at the scratched material. Is it polyurethane coated wood or uncovered? If there isn't polyurethane covering, you can try to buff out the scratch with a steel wool pad. If the scratch is too deep go to the next step.

Find a shoe polish that matches the color of your wood. Fortunately, there is a shoe polish color for almost any wood type. Just make sure to test a small area before you begin really applying a heavy coat. The polish helps to fill the gap and to dye the scratch the right color.

Rub open peanuts on the scratches of polyurethane coated wood surfaces; this helps dye and seal the wood once more. You cannot buff out the mark because it will visually affect the surface much more.

Scrub any scratches in linoleum clean with a sponge and a quality soap. Since there isn't much you can do to fix a linoleum scratch, the only thing you can do is cover it up the best you can. This will take a nice, thick covering of floor wax. The shiny coat detracts the eye from flaws.

Use a tiny cotton swab to touch up any paint scratches. Whenever you paint your walls, make sure to save the left over paint cans and paint for touch-ups. If the scratch is major, you'll have to fill the gap with putty and repaint the entire wall. Most of the time, however, this is unnecessary.

Things You Will Need

  • Steel wool pad Shoe polish Peanuts Soap Sponge Floor wax Cotton swab Paint


  • If dents come along with scratches on wooden floors, put a small drop of water on the dent to try and make the wood swell back up.


  • Don't wax your wood floors if they are polyurethane coated.