Fixing Dents In Kitchen Cabinets and Wood

We have all had it happen… whether you drop something on it, bump it with something metal, or the kids run into it with their toys… inevitably solid wood will end up getting dented.  It could be your new kitchen cabinets, a nice piece of furniture, wood trim around the house, or your kitchen table.    Even when we are shipping kitchen cabinets around the country, inevitably one of the doors might show up with a dent, but it is not the end of the world.    Most dents and dings in wood are easily fixed without having to replace it.

Since wood is a natural, porous material, it will respond to moisture.  In fact, all a dent actually is, is the porous fibers in the wood getting condensed from something heavier coming in contact with it.  So the quickest, and easiest solution is to just apply moisture to the dented area.   While there are several different versions of this method online, I have found this one to be the most effective and easiest to do.  Now before we get started, I have to clarify…  if you have a dent in the wood on a painted surface, you will have to remove the paint first in order to get to the bare wood (so that it can accept the moisture).. just sand down the area to the bare wood and then repaint afterwards.

Repairing the dent

1. Start with a small needle or pin and poke the depressed/dented area repeatedly

2. Apply several drops of water to the area and cover with a damp rag.   We recommend that you add hot water to the damp rag.

3. Take a iron, and using the cotton setting, iron over the rag that is on dent or indentation.  The water absorbed into the wood will expand the crushed wood fibers.

4.  If you really want to concentrate the heat, place an upside down bottle cap over the dent and then apply the iron.  The heat conducted through the cap will focus the heat.

5. If the dent doesn’t raise on the first try, repeat until the wood regains its shape.

Fixing dents in wood

Tips for getting out dents in wood

For our cabinet customers, by trying this technique first, you can easily  avoid the claims process and you won’t have to wait for replacement parts to arrive.  When it comes to wood trim, this is a quick and easy way to avoid having to replace any of the trim.

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