If your hardwood floors are starting to look like a used cutting board, it’s probably time to fix those blemishes. Hardwood floors can take a fair amount of abuse, but after a few years of pets, furniture rearranging, heels and dirt, they’ll start to show some wear and tear. Most scratches are easily fixed. However, some scratches require professional maintenance. Let’s take a look at some different types of scratches that you can fix yourself at home with a few key items.
Shallow scratches generally occur in the finish and have not reached the actual hardwood. There are a couple options for treating these minor damages.
Floor cleaner & protective finish: Using a cloth dipped in hardwood cleaner, rub over the scratches. Repeat this process with another cloth to wipe up the cleaner and allow it to dry. After it’s dry, apply a protective finish.
Warm water or mineral spirits: Fill in the scratch with warm water or mineral spirits and allow it to fully dry. Rub the area out with a cloth and you’re done!
These scratches have made their way through the finish and have penetrated the hardwood. Wire wool is a good solution for this type of scratch.
Simply clean the area of the floor that is scratched. Next, rub the area with the wire wool being sure to move in the same general direction as the grain. You’ll want to treat the surrounding floor area as well so the floor blends together. Buff the area and wipe it down with a soft cloth.
These scratches are just like they sound — scratches that are deep into the hardwood. As long as the scratch hasn’t split the wood, you should be able to repair with some wood putty.
Fill in the scratch with the putty using plastic knife. A plastic knife rather than a metal knife will ensure no more damage to the floor. \
Let the putty settle for a few hours and then sand out the area with fine-grade sand paper. Wipe it clean and apply a finishing coat.
Don’t let the possibility of scratching deter you from purchasing some beautiful hardwood flooring for your home. Some light maintenance here and there can make all the difference in keeping your floors looking brand new and helping them last for years.