How to Repair Laminated Furniture

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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.

Things You'll Need

  • Stain or furniture polish
  • Old rag
  • Clothes iron
  • Wood filler sticks, your choice of matching color

Scratches

  • Shake up a small can of stain or furniture polish.

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

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

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

Dents

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

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

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

  • Remove the iron and rag and let the area cool.

Chips or Gouges

  • Remove the cap from the wood filler stick.

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

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

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

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