Using coffee grounds to clean furniture – the surprising tip that really works

Experts agree – your coffee has a purpose, even after the caffeine wears away

Coffee grounds for cleaning furniture
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Did you know that used coffee grounds can be put to work in your living room? It's true; the power of your morning coffee can live on long after the effects of the caffeine have subsided. While gardeners may have already praised coffee for its ability to fertilize plants, some home improvement experts have revealed that coffee grounds are equally as effective indoors. 

But how do you use coffee grounds to clean furniture? Whether you have some organic goodness leftover from your coffee maker or you're cleaning out your coffee press, the experts have a secret that will leave your wooden furniture looking spotless. 

Using coffee grounds to clean wooden furniture

Coffee grounds for cleaning furniture

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According to Daniel P. Craig, furniture expert and founder of Kitchen Deets, coffee grounds are perfect for cleaning furniture that has received harsh scratches that are notoriously hard to repair.

'A little trick I've used is to cover scratches by applying some used coffee grounds with a cotton swab. Let the grounds sit on the scratches for 10 minutes and then wipe away gently,' Daniel explains. 'It really works.'

While this cleaning tip may seem unconventional, the expert explains that, in most cases, it is hard to tell where the scratches were after you have repaired them. And Daniel is not exclusive in his admiration for this surprising technique. 

How to use coffee grounds to clean wooden furniture  

Coffee grounds for cleaning furniture

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'Coffee grounds are a great tool to cover up any scratches you find on your furniture,' adds St Louis-based decorator Andre Kazimierski. The CEO of Improovy Painters similarly recommends mixing your grounds with 1/4 cup of warm water and a 1/4 cup of vinegar before shaking the mixture. He says you should leave it to steep for at least one hour before applying it to your scratches with a rag. 

'Both methods darken the scratch and make it less noticeable,' Andre says. However, he adds that you should always test the color in a concealed spot before experimenting with the DIY decorating idea

If you're struggling to shake a scratch from your favorite piece, your coffee may have the solution. It's time to pause before you throw away these powerful grounds. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.