How to Repair Scratches in Hardwood Kitchen Cabinets

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    • 1). Use shoe polish to cover light scratches in hardwood kitchen cabinets. Use brown for dark stained kitchen cabinets, use cordovan for cherry kitchen cabinets and use tan shoe polish for oak kitchen cabinets. Dip a clean soft rag into the shoe polish and apply to the scratch then buff with another clean, soft rag.

    • 2). Use instant coffee for scratches in dark hardwood kitchen cabinets. Use approximately 1/2 of a teaspoonful of instant coffee, add water, very little at a time until the instant coffee dissolves. Dip the corner of a clean, soft rag or a cotton swab into the mixture and rub it into the scratch. Allow it to dry completely. Reapply if the color it too light.

    • 3). Crack open a fresh walnut. Rub the nut, not the nutshell in the direction of the scratch. This works well for light colored hardwood kitchen cabinets.

    • 4). Use iodine on scratches in hardwood kitchen cabinets. Use straight iodine for mahogany cabinets or cherry cabinets, use a 50-50 mixture of iodine and mineral spirits for medium woods such as maple cabinets and use 75% mineral spirits and 25% iodine for light woods such as oak cabinets. Use a cotton swab or clean, dry rag to apply in the direction of the scratch.

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