How to Fix a Scratch on a Sauder

Sauder ready-to-assemble pre-fabricated furniture is made of compressed particleboard with a thin laminate exterior finish. Surface scratches in the laminate or deep scratches in the particleboard, as with regular wood furniture, detract from the furniture's appearance. Whether you scratched your Sauder furniture during or after assembly, fixing scratches requires little beyond sanding off any rough edges, if needed and using a color-matched touch-up marker--the one included by Sauder or one from a D-I-Y or hardware store--to fill in the scratch.

Clean your scratched Sauder furniture with a damp cloth or furniture polish to remove any loose dirt or debris. Wipe any wet surfaces completely dry when finished.

Remove the cap from your color-matched Sauder or generic touch-up marker and fill in the scratch and its edges. If rough edges stick up from the surface, sand the edges down level with the surface before using a touch-up marker.

Wipe the area again with a soft, dry cloth to remove any excess marker stain from the furniture's undamaged laminate. Repeat the touch-up as needed. Wait 24 hours and wipe the surface again with polish.

Things You Will Need

  • Soft, cotton cloths
  • Furniture polish
  • Touch-up marker (optional)
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Furniture touch-up wax stick (optional)
  • Plastic scraper


  • If using sandpaper, rip off a tiny piece of the paper--approximately one inch--to sand the area. Sand only the rough, particleboard and laminate edges sticking up from the surface and not any undamaged laminate. Sanding undamaged laminate can easily scratch it.
  • If you're dealing with a deep scratch that remains noticeable after touch-up with a marker, fix the scratch with a color-matched, furniture touch-up wax stick instead. Rub the stick into the scratch. Remove any excess carefully and gently with the edge of a plastic scraper and a cloth.


  • The sharp edge of a plastic scraper can also scratch undamaged laminate if not used carefully. If used, apply only gentle pressure to remove excess wax---barely touching the laminated surface.

About the Author

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.