How To Remove Dents In Wood

Yesterday we told you about some of our DIY mishaps and general things that haven’t gone quite as planned in the house. You can read more about them here.

These dents that mysteriously appeared on our living room floor are one of those things that weren’t quite planned. Repairing the floor has been on our very, very long To-Do list for a while. But now it’s done!

How To Remove Dents In Wood

All in all it took less than 30 minutes of work to repair the floor and I’m really surprised how easy and effective the method we used was. You can even use the same method to repair other wooden surfaces like furniture, moulding, doors, etc.

Here’s our Step by Step guide on how to remove dents in wood

(floors or furniture)

This is what you will need:

  • Sandpaper (we used 120 grit for the floor, but would use something finer on furniture)
  • Damp tea towel
  • Iron
  • Varnish, Paint or whatever other finish the item you are working on has

#1 This is the floor before starting work. I have to admit that I was slightly skeptical about the method, but it worked so well! We can’t recommend it highly enough!  You can see that there are clear marks that look like they may have been caused by a stiletto heal.

How To Remove Dents In Wood

#2 In order to allow the wood to return to its original shape, you will have to remove any layers of paint or varnish and then slightly roughen up the surface with some fine sandpaper.

How To Remove Dents In Wood

#3 Turn on the iron and wait until it has warmed up completely meanwhile soak a tea towel in some water until it is wet, but not dripping. Then place the towel onto the area with the dints. Make sure the towel is flat and has no folds in it. With the hot iron, carefully rub over the area of the towel under which the dint you want to remove is. Only do this for a second or two at a time and make sure that the towel is always damp so that enough steam can develop to penetrate the wood. Keep checking the area and repeat the process as necessary until the wood grain has risen.

How Ro Remove Dents In Wood

#4 You will now have to let the area you’ve been working on dry thoroughly. You can see that the darker area is wet where the steam has penetrated the wood. The lighter area hasn’t been sanded and therefore the steam can’t penetrate the varnish. When it’s completely dry, give it another quick sand (always in direction of the grain) with some fine sandpaper.

How To Remove Dents In Wood

#5 The last step is to reseal the surface. In our case, the floor was covered in clear varnish which now just needs touching up.

How To Remove  Dents In WoodAnd here’s the result:

How To Remove Dents In Wood

You’d hardly know that there was ever a dint there! I can’t emphasize enough how easy and effective this method is. It will only work on normal wood surfaces and not on compressed wood or varnished surfaces.

Do you have any damaged furniture or floorboards? If you try this method, let us know how you get on!


  1. says

    Great to see this in action! I’ve read about this before, but I somehow didn’t believe it would really work. We have dents all over our floors, but I’m determined to tackle them now.

    • says

      Thanks Jesse! I still can’t get over how easy and effective it was. You should definitely give it a try, it’s so worth it!


  1. […] We love the floor and it’s holding up really well. There are a few little marks and dents here and there, but nothing major. We also found an amazing way to remove dents in wood. You can read about how to do it here. […]

  2. […] Our floor is holding up really well. In general we don’t really wear shoes in the house, which is probably something that helps keeping the floor looking good. Of course there are a few dents and scratches, but they kind of add character to the floor and because we chose a clear varnish they are almost not visible. If you have a dent that really bothers you, you can check out our guide to fixing it here. […]

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