How to Remove a Scorch Mark from Wood Veneer


Janet asked: When building what I believe is a wood veneer (light beech effect wood) wardrobe, a heater was accidentally turned on and left a scorch mark on part of a door panel. Is there anything that can be done to get rid of it? Many thanks.

Because wood veneer is so thin, you have to work very carefully to make this repair. In some cases, you may not be able to remove the mark entirely, especially if it’s a severe or deeply staining mark. For less serious scorch marks, the following method should prove to be successful, although it’s preferred primarily if you can match the finish, stain or gloss on your wood.

You Will Need:

  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Clean towel or cloth
  • Stain or finish to match the rest of the wood
  • Paint brush or rag to apply the finish

Steps to Remove the Mark:

  1. Lightly sand the scorch mark with fine grit sandpaper. Work in the direction of the grain, taking care not to dig a hole or make a depression in the wood by sanding too much in one spot.
  2. Once you’ve sanded the scorch mark away, wipe any excess wood dust off the panel with the cloth.
  3. Refinish the affected area, by applying a stain that matches the existing color of the rest of the piece. There are a wide variety of stains available, the exact color is more important than a particular brand in this case. Follow the label directions for the product of your choice.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • If you can’t match the finish of the wood, you can lightly sand the entire surface and refinish the whole thing. Alternatively, you can remove the veneer and replace it with a new piece.
  • Many “wet” solutions can fade scorch marks, including lemon juice, white vinegar, and peroxide, but you should not use them on wood. Moisture will cause the wood to swell and warp, creating further damage.


  1. Kathy says:

    Hi. I had cranberry scented pillars on a cloth on my white fireplace mantle and the oils and red colour stained my white mantel. The mantel I think is part wood part laminate the top; it is very smooth. How do I get it out?

  2. Melanie says:

    This article can help: How to Remove Hair Dye from Wood Laminate.

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