How to Repair Laminated Furniture

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.

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Scratches

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.

Dents

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.