Test Run: Does Tibet Almond Stick Work on Dark Wood?

We've raved about Tibet Almond Stick before — in fact, I first bought one after Maxwell posted about them in 2006. Until now though, I've always used mine on lighter wood, like oak. Yesterday, annoyed at all the scratches that have appeared on my dark finish coffee table, I decided to see if, as promised, the renowned stick could get them out, too . . .

The Almond Stick is actually a cotton roll soaked in a "secret family formula." It can be found at most hardware stores for $4.99, distinctive in its cute packaging. It also smells less noxious than other scratch-removing products out there.

A fairly successful past example. Other scratches in my house have disappeared entirely.

For those of you who haven't used Tibet Almond Stick before, it's pretty straightforward: you just rub one end of the stick on the scratch and it usually vanishes. I wiped down my table with a microfiber cloth first, just to get off any dust, but you don't even need to do that.

Alas, it seems it wasn't the best choice for my table. While the wood looks shiny and pretty, the scratches are still there. I do want to get these scratches out, preferably with something eco-friendly, so I may try this coffee ground tip next. Still, after years of success with other types of wood, the Almond Stick is a definite keeper for minor scratches.

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Images: Kathleen Luttschyn