Make Furniture Scratches Disappear with This Nutty Hack

The easiest fix for your wooden floors, chairs, and more.

October 17, 2018

I’ve mentioned I have a cat, Boudin. What I have not mentioned are his 18 little toes and claws. Trimming Boudin’s nails is a Herculean feat, where my fat tabby contorts his body in ways that defy physics. And so, my wood floor, one of the very reasons I chose my apartment, is subjected to a variety of scratches.

Recently, while complaining to an old coworker about the marks over drinks, he reminded me of an old home repair tip: use a walnut to rub away the scratch.

The nutty trick to scratch-free furniture. Photo by James Ransom

Yes, a walnut. Here’s how it works: Crack the walnut (or similarly oily nut, like pecan or macadamia nut), then rub the meat of the nut over the scratch. You want to make sure the oil really soaks into the wood, so warm the area with friction from your finger and go over the scratch from different angles. After a couple of minutes, the natural oils in the nuts will seep into the wood, helping to heal the unsightly marks. Wipe down the wood with a soft cloth, and your floor or furniture should look as good as new! (Want to see the fix in action? Check out a video tutorial here.)

Now, there are some caveats. This trick only works on finished wood and is most successful with lighter scratches. Deep grooves and darker woods will likely need the help of floor polish. Oh, and you want to hold off on using nuts if you have a precious antique; that's better for a professional to look at.

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“Tibet Almond Stick, that's it-if I ever knew if it's actually almond oil, I don't now. but they kept quite well without smelling rancid, so probably not.”
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As for me, I’ll still keep trying to trim Boudin’s nails. But if he leaves a mark or two, I’m happy to crack out this hack.

What's your best DIY hack? Share tips and tricks in the comments section below!

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M October 17, 2018
I'd think the biggest caveat would be the danger to any potential visitors with nut allergies.
Smaug October 17, 2018
There is, or used to be, a product sold for this- an oil soaked cloth rolled up in a tube that was used more or less like a chapstick (come to think of it, a chapstick might work with a little buffing). Unfortunately, the brain weevils are particularly active this morning and I can't remember the name- all I can think of is "Jordan Almond Stick", which is not correct.
Smaug October 17, 2018
Tibet Almond Stick, that's it-if I ever knew if it's actually almond oil, I don't now. but they kept quite well without smelling rancid, so probably not.
FrugalCat October 17, 2018
Trim his claws when he is asleep. With my cat, I can usually do one full paw before she wakes up. I just wait a day or two before moving to the next paw.
Lazyretirementgirl October 21, 2018
That’s what I used to do with my daughter, who did have the wildcat gene, apparently. 😂
Dany June 27, 2020
Yes I agree. Cats are relaxed and don’t seem to mind trimming while asleep!