Can walnuts get scratches out of wood?

Rachel Greene-Taylor
Written by: Rachel Greene-Taylor
Posted on: 1 December 2016

So far in our fix or fiction series, we’ve proven that peanut butter can get chewing gum off of shoes, and debunked the idea that banana skins can replace shoe polish.

Now we’re looking to see if walnuts can get scratches out of wood:

 

The verdict: walnuts definitely improve the scratches, even if they don’t completely get rid of them.

How do walnuts get scratches out of wood?

It’s easy – use the walnut to rub in a circular motion across the length of the scratch. Do this five to six times, or until the scratch starts to fade.

Then leave the natural oils to soak into the scratch for a few minutes, before polishing over the area with a cloth.

Why walnuts might not work to remove scratches

  • Deep scratches and gouges
    If the scratches in your wood are too deep, you’ll probably see an improvement with the walnut technique, but it won’t be a perfect finish.
  • Darker wood
    Walnuts work best on natural lighter wood. You probably won’t see as much improvement on darker woods like mahogany or cherry. Also, if you have a modern flat-pack table with a polished, lacquered finish, chances are the walnuts will have no effect at all.

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