Repair Scratches in Wood with Olive Oil

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  November 1, 2013 — 4 Comments

Confession: sometimes in photos of my dining room I retouch the huge scratches on my wood floor. They’re from the edges of another piece of furniture that sat there ages ago and used to be hidden under the sofa, but now that we have two chairs there the scratches are pretty obvious. You can see them if you look closely below in this old photo that has not been altered at all, even to adjust the lighting.

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Can you see them? They’re right by the legs of the chairs. Now compare to the photo below, taken yesterday and also not altered in any way (other than to resize it for posting). Try and spot those scratches now!

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They’re still there but much, much less apparent, thanks to something so simple–olive oil!

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See? I didn’t even edit out all the dirt on my floors. This is total honesty, people. I just poured a little olive oil on a paper towel every night around dinner time and rubbed it on there, going with the grain. I wiped off the excess and that was that. Repeat once a day until you’re pleased. I didn’t remember to do it every day and still saw results within a week. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty much a miracle cure if you’re not willing to sand and refinish your floors. I wonder if it would have any effect on the giant watermark in the living room?

Happy Friday, y’all! I hope you have a great weekend!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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4 responses to Repair Scratches in Wood with Olive Oil

  1. I wonder if it would work on bamboo…

  2. awesome trick! i’m going to test it out in my living room :)

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