With just a few simple tips and the proper products, you can solve common household problems without calling in backup.
Smooth Wood Furniture and Floors
Problem: "My wood furniture and floors are scratched, but sanding them out would take so much work."
Fix it: No matter how carefully you guard your oak table or pine floors, scratches happen—and sanding them not only requires tons of time and patience but could result in an uneven surface. A simpler solution? Spread a wet towel over the scratch and place a hot iron on top, moving in a circular motion for three to five minutes. The steam will cause the wood to swell and permanently fill in the imperfection. Another solution is to color it in. Wood Repair touch-up markers ($5 for a pack of 3; guardsman.com) can easily conceal worn edges and surfaces, or use wood filler sticks ($5 for a pack of 5; guardsman.com) for grooves that have penetrated deeper than the finish. Choose the shade that most closely matches the hue of your wood.