{scuffs, chips and nicks – quick fixes to get your home ready for guests}

How is it that scuffs, chips and nicks can stay hidden, completely invisible to the naked eye, until you decide to have guests over? As soon as the RSVP’s start showing up so do all of those imperfections; the scratch on the coffee table, the nick in the banister, all of those scuffs on the kitchen floor. If you’re looking to take care of these tiny little eyesores before holiday guests arrive, here are some quick fixes that will leave your home scuff, chip and nick free!

Cleaning scuffs off of linoleum floors
Wash away scuff marks by rubbing them with a sponge or soft brush (nothing abrasive) and a solution of dishwashing detergent and water. You can also rub a pencil eraser over scuff marks to make them disappear.

Removing scratches from wooden surfaces
For scratches that have penetrated beyond the finish, try rubbing a pecan or walnut gently across the surface of the scratch. You’ll fill the wood naturally, quickly and cleanly – and the natural oils in the nut will ensure that it lasts.

Make water rings disappear
White rings, caused when water vapor penetrates into a finish, can be removed by wiping them gently with a cloth barely dampened with denatured alcohol. Go light on the denatured alcohol though, too much can actually dull the finish on your wooden surface.

Unstick that sticky drawer
Drawers that stick can often be remedied with wax. Rub an old candle along the runners and the guides inside the table or cabinet.

The paint experts at Hirshfield’s know a thing or two about repairing chips and nicks to paint and stain, so stop on in to any Hirshfield’s retail location for expert advice and the supplies you need to get your home in tip-top shape for the holidays!


Hirshfield’s is your local Minneapolis-St. Paul paint retailer. The paint experts at Hirshfield’s are here to help you with everything from window-treatments to paint colors. Hirshfield’s manufactures paint right here in Minneapolis.

One Response to “{scuffs, chips and nicks – quick fixes to get your home ready for guests}”

  1. {getting your guest room ready for the holidays} | Hirshfield's Color Club Says:

    […] 1. Fix any scratches on wooden surfaces. This is an easy way to quickly upgrade the look of all of your wooden furniture. Simple rub a walnut or pecan gently across the surface of the scratch – this will fill in the scratch, and the natural oils will ensure that it sticks. […]

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