How to Repair Laminated Furniture

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Things You'll Need

  • Stain or furniture polish

  • Old rag

  • Clothes iron

  • Wood filler sticks, your choice of matching color


Replacing the stain on a rag with coffee grounds also works. You can dip an old rag into grounds and rub them into the scratches to make them disappear--but always use fresh grounds if you do this.

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Wooden furniture generally comes in two types--natural or laminated. A laminated piece of furniture uses a very thin covering of a different type of wood or particle board that is stained or finished to look like a more expensive or exotic type of wood. While these coverings are very durable and can last a lifetime, when they become damaged in any way--and because they are just a covering--they cannot be repaired like ordinary wood and need to be taken care of differently.


Step 1

Shake up a small can of stain or furniture polish.

Step 2

Dip your old rag into the stain or polish. A little goes a long way.

Step 3

Rub the covered rag over the scratches, coating them with stain.

Step 4

Wipe them off with the dry part of the rag, and the laminate scratches will have disappeared.


Step 1

Plug your iron in and turn it on to medium heat.

Step 2

Place a few drops of water onto the dent, then cover it with an old rag.

Step 3

Carefully place the iron onto the dent and let it sit for about 15 seconds. The dent will pop up from the laminate.

Step 4

Remove the iron and rag and let the area cool.

Chips or Gouges

Step 1

Remove the cap from the wood filler stick.

Step 2

Press the stick tip into the crack or gouge. The composition of the stick will adhere inside the blemish.

Step 3

Completely fill in the damaged area with the wood filler stick.

Step 4

Wipe away any excess with your old rag and allow to dry overnight.


Dale Yalanovsky

Dale Yalanovsky has been writing professionally since 1978. He has been published in "Woman's Day," "New Home Journal" and on many do-it-yourself websites. He specializes in do-it-yourself projects, household and auto maintenance and property management. Yalanovsky also writes a bimonthly column that provides home improvement advice.