Pet owners love their dogs, cats or whatever their pet of choice happens to be. Pets love their owners back almost as strongly as we love them and show their appreciation by redesigning the furniture. Many puppies and kittens don’t know the table leg isn’t a chew toy. They just know it feels good on the new teeth that are coming in. Even older dogs and cats take their frustration and anxiety out on chairs, tables, cabinets or dressers. Some dogs suffer from separation anxiety and when mom and dad leave the house for the day, they try to soothe themselves by chewing. Oftentimes the most convient items on which to chew are the most expensive ones in the house. Cats, although independent may suffer from separation anxiety also, but you’ll never get them to admit to it.
Whether you are training a new puppy or kitten dealing with an adult dog or cat that has a craving and fondness for chewing on the furniture, the result is the same – ruined furniture. Of course, preventing the pet from chewing in the first place would be the best solution to the problem, but it can be difficult to reason with your pet and let them know you will be home at the end of the day or the toys you just bought are the appropriate items on which to chew. Thankfully, with a know how, a handy do it yourselfer can repair chewed furniture and restore it a flawless finish unless of course you come home to a pile of wood chips and saw dust. Repairing furniture will restore the visual appeal and make the entire room look better.
Preparing Furniture for Repairs
Put on a pair of work gloves to keep your hands protected from splinters. Put the puppy or kitten in another room so they don’t think you are playing. If you show interest in a table leg, chair arm or bed post, they may want to show a little more interest than they already have.
Pick out loose piece of wood and splinters. Use a pair of needle nose pliers if you can’t grasp the wood splinters with your fingers.
If the part of the furniture that has teeth marks is flat, wrap a piece of 180-grit sandpaper around a hard rubber sanding block.
If the part of the furniture that has teeth marks is round, curved or recessed, fill a zippered plastic bag with flour, press the air out of the bag and zip the bag closed. Place the bag of flour into a second zippered bag, press the air out and zip the top closed. Wrap a piece of 180-grit sandpaper around the flour filled bags.
Sand the rough, uneven edges until they are smooth.
Wipe the area with a 12 Piece Tack Rag Clothtack rag to remove the dust from sanding.
Repairing Puppy, Kitten, Dog or Cat Chew Marks
Choose an epoxy based wood putty in a color that matches the wood on the furniture. If you can’t find a good match choose a color that is slightly lighter than the wood color. If the wood has a painted surface choose an epoxy wood putty that matches the color of the wood under the paint.
Pick up the epoxy wood repair putty on a flexible putty knife and press it into the chew marks deeply.
Build the epoxy repair putty up so it sits above the surface of the furniture.
Let the repair putty dry for two to three hours.
Wrap a piece of 180-grit sandpaper around a hard rubber sanding block or a flour filled bag.
Lightly sand the surface of the epoxy repair putty until it is smooth and flush with the surrounding wood.
Wrap a piece of 320-grit sandpaper around the sanding block or flour filled bag and sand the surface of the repair and some of the surrounding wood following the wood grain. Move the sandpaper in only one direction. Do not sand back and forth or across the grain because you will make the wood around the patch appear fuzzy and feel rough.
Dip a cotton swab or the corner of a rag into a matching color liquid scratch cover. If you can’t find a color that matches the furniture, choose a slightly lighter color.
Apply a very light coat of scratch cover over the repair.
Let the scratch cover dry.
Examine the repair to determine if the color is too light. If the color is too light, add another coat. Continue to add coats of liquid scratch cover and let them dry until the color matches the furniture finish.
Apply a coat of paste furniture wax over the repair to protect it.
Deep Missing Pieces of Wood From Chewing Dogs or Cats
After picking out loose pieces of wood and sanding the damage to remove small splinters –
Put on a pair of disposable latex gloves.
Scoop up epoxy repair putty with your fingers and knead the putty until it is soft and pliable.
Place the putty into the piece that is missing and press it in firmly. Sculpt and mold the putty into the same shape as the table leg, bed post, chair leg or whatever you are repairing.
Let the epoxy putty dry for four top six hours.
Use 180-grit sandpaper to smooth the epoxy putty so it sits flush with the furniture.
Immediately follow by sanding with 320-grit sandpaper, following the direction of the wood grain.
Wipe the surface with a tack rag to remove all bits of wood and sanding dust.
Coat the repair with liquid scratch cover in a matching color, slowly building the color until it matches the furniture color.
Let the scratch cover dry and apply a coat of paste furniture wax.
If you still have the chewed out pieces of wood, apply a coat of wood glue to both the chewed out piece and the base of the hole in the furniture.
Press the piece in place. Hold the piece in place with a C-clamp
Let the wood glue dry for four to six hours.
Remove the clamp.
Press epoxy based wood putty into marks around the chewed out piece. Sand the repair and cover it with scratch cover just as in the above steps.