Why are wood surfaces prone to scratches?

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We all know that wooden surfaces are easy prey to scratches, dents, cuts and marks. From shifting to moving heavy furniture, to kids playing with their toys and toy cars, pets, and general movements, scratches in woods are a common affair.
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Why do scratches happen?
Thankfully, there are ways by which you can clean up these scratches.  So, why do these slight damages happen. Let’s take a look.

  1. Standard daily use: The most common reasons why wood surfaces are susceptible to scratches are because of the normal day to day activities. It is the result of wear and tear and standard daily use. There are so many reasons to lead to scratches like heavy furniture and its movement from one place to another, pulling something against the surface, heavy usage, general wear and tear from rugged and rough articles. So, avoid sliding anything against the wooden surface.
  2. Liquids: Water and other liquids can damage and lead to scratches on the wood surfaces. The spilled liquid can spoil the quality of the wooden surface. So, the next time you accidently spill any liquid on the wooden surface, don’t forget to wipe it out with a clean cloth. Otherwise, the liquid will spread all over and damage its quality.
  3. Plastics and other synthetic products: Are you aware of the fact that synthetic materials and products made out of it are really harmful to your precious and much cherished wooden surface? You should know that when you keep a plastic bottle or any other plastic container it can spoil the wooden surface, if you pull it in your direction.
  4. Burning candles: Never place lit candles on a wooden surface as when the candle will burn the molten wax will melt down on the surface, and the paraffin wax will spoil the surface. This is one of the most common reasons why wood surfaces and wood finishes are prone to scratches and marks. Use a wider candle stand and be a little more alert and vigilant while placing other items on the surface. This will not cause any scratches to appear.
  5. Hot Items: Hot items such as pots and saucepans removed straight from the oven or stove when place directly on the wood surface without any hot pad can spoil it. It’s advised to use a hot pad instead. It’s wise and practical.
  6. UV rays: The ultraviolet rays are very harmful to wooden finishes. It doesn’t only deteriorate its quality but also bleach it and lead to discoloration and become more susceptible to scratches and dents.
  7. Poor finishing and choice of wood: Another main reason can be the use of a poor quality wood coating material used, and an inferior type of wood used. This should be particularly avoided. Always use the best products.

Next time, be a little more alert when handling wooden surfaces to avoid scratches and indentations. You can also use Scratch Aide if you see scratches in the wood surface.

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