Scratches on your hardwood floor can quickly diminish the beauty and elegance of your hardwood floor. But the good news is depending on the severity of these scratches, you can repair them using a variety of tools and options.
There are many ways in which your residential hardwood floor can get scratched. From the dog claw marks, to hairline scratches and gouge from furniture legs, it’s almost inevitable for your floor to get scratches each day. While sanding is one of the popular ways of removing these scratches, it can get messy and invasive to your floor. Besides, with engineered wood floors, the top hardwood layer is too thin to allow deep sanding.
Steps for Repairing Hardwood Floor Scratches
1. Know Your Floor’s Finish
Before deciding on the best method to repair your floor scratches, its best first to know of your floor finishing. With these finishes, there are several options, such as oil-based polyurethane, water-based polyurethane, varnish, stain, and aluminum oxide coating.
2. Assess The Damage
Hardwoods come in two types: pre-finished hardwood flooring ((install when finished on the site) and site-finished hardwood flooring (install unfinished and later finished in the site). The latter is easy to repair than the former as it’s easier to sand its protective coating. Pre-finished flooring, on the other hand, has multiple urethane and aluminum oxide layers that form a tough protective skin. Removing this skin is hard and will require the blending of sanding and other methods to succeed.
3. Clean The Working Area
Before you start repairing the scratches, it’s vital that you first clean the area around the wood floor. Remove as much dirt and debris as possible and find a cleaning product to ensure its sparkling clean. For cleaning products, get one that works with hardwood floors and avoid using waxes or pastes as you don’t intend to seal the room but rather clean it.
Repairing Soft Scratches
Sliding chairs or boxes cause fine scratches on the hardwood. Since the scratches are superficial, it’s best to sand them and blend them with colors to improve their appearance.
1. Mark the scratched area using a floor color marker
2. Lightly brush a color towards the scratched area
3. Use an excellent grade steel wool to lightly sand the area then rub it with a soft cloth
4. In case there are many scratched and the area surrounding the scratched part is in good condition, rub the wood stain to the area and wipe it with a cloth.
Repairing Deep Scratches
Deep scratches in hardwood floors refer to the type caused by the sliding of bulky furniture or dog class. If the scratched areas are numerous, then it’s best to sand the entire floor. However, if the scratched are lesser, then using the fill-in and color-blend method will do.
1. Look for the closest color to the solid hardwood floor
2. For cracks that are between 1/16 and 1/8 inch fill them with floor color
3. Remember to stay within the crack when applying the color marker
4. Smooth the wet filler and let it dry for at least 2 hours
5. Mix up the wood fillers to fill the deeper and broader cracks
6. Remove the excess wood filler while still wet
7. After the wood filler dries, sand the scratched part with your hand
8. Finally, tint the cured wood filler to have the same look as your flooring
Scratches in your hardwood floor can spell doom for the room’s beauty and elegance. They make your room ugly and uninviting, but you can get rid of both fine and deep cracks with our guide. Follow the guide today, and enjoy getting rid of scratches in your hardwood flooring.