Remove Scratches From Hardwood
Hardwood floors are one of the most sought-after flooring types. For that reason, it can get frustrating when scratches appear. However, there are ways to repair scratches on hardwood floors.
Wood Staining Marker
Wood staining markers work well for shallow scratches. To use a wood staining marker:
- Using a soft, dampened rag, clean the surface of the floor to rid any dirt or debris. Make sure there is no dirt or debris in the scratch.
- Before you apply the wood stain, test the marker on a small area of wood to make sure it’s the right color. If it matches, you can use it on your scratch!
- Apply the marker to the scratch by running the tip of the marker over the scratch. If it looks too light, go over the area again. You can always rub off the excess.
- Use a clean rag soaked with mineral spirit to rub the wood, focusing on the area with the scratch. Make sure to follow the grain of the wood.
Fixing Shallow Scratches
- If your floor’s protective coating is scratched, the first thing you must do is clean the scratched area. Use a small amount of hardwood floor cleaner and a soft rag to remove any dirt or debris.
- Dampen a new rag with water and wipe down the scratched area. This removes the floor cleaner. Let the area dry.
- Use a small tipped brush to apply a layer of finish to the scratched area. This can be a sealant, shellac, or another form of polyurethane varnish. For the best results, use the same finish type that is already on your floor.
Fixing Deep Scratches
Deep scratches require more work to fix. To fix deep scratches:
- Use a soft rag dampened with hardwood floor cleaner to remove any dust or debris.
- Using a new rag with water, wipe down the scratched area of the floor. Make sure your workspace is completely clean before moving on. Allow the area to dry.
- Rub a souring pad dampened with mineral spirits to remove the polyurethane layer. Wipe the area with a new cloth and let the area dry.
- With your pointer filler, apply a small amount of wood filler that matches the color of your floor to the scratch or gouge. Spread the filler in all directions to remove any air bubbles. Be sure to use filler instead of putty, as putty can alter the effectiveness of the repair.
- Use a putty knife to remove any excess wood filler.
- With a small pad of fine grit sandpaper to sand the area around the scratch where excess wood filler could have spread.
- Wipe away excess filling with a water-dampened cloth. If there is still excess filler surrounding the scratch, use your finger to wipe it away.
- To seal the patched area, use a thin layer of the same sealer as the rest of your floor and apply it with a small, natural bristle brush or a lamb’s wool roller. Let the sealer dry 24 hours before there is any traffic on the surface.
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