How to Repair Hardwood Floor Scratches

Hardwood floors will not only lose their shine over the years, but they can also become scratched. At Glamour Flooring, we know you want to keep your floors looking great for as long as possible. When scratches are present, you’ll need to first assess the damage. A different approach will need to be taken if the scratches are light or deep. Let’s see how you can repair scratches in both circumstances.

Light Hardwood Floor Scratches

Light hardwood floor scratches will require you to purchase fine steel wool. This wool can be purchased in most home improvement stores. Now, you’ll want to:

  1. Rub the steel wool on the floor. You’ll want to ensure that you move along the grain.
  2. Rub mineral spirits over the area.

Deep Scratch Repair

Much like the fine steel wool seen in light scratches, you’ll need to use lightweight sandpaper. This must be done along the grain of the wood as well.

  1. Sand the wood.
  2. Rub mineral spirits over the area.

Now, you’ll have to follow the same procedure for both repair types. From here, you’ll want to ensure that the worked on area is free from dirt and particles. The mineral spirits will work perfectly for this, but you also want to ensure that the area is properly dried.

After this, you’re ready to apply the wood filler. This will come premixed. If you need help choosing the right filler, you can ask someone at the home improvement store. They will be able to help you choose the right filler for your flooring.

The following steps will need to be followed:

  1. Fill the scratch with the wood filler.
  2. Use a putty knife to ensure the filler is evenly applied
  3. Let the filler dry.

Always use a plastic putty knife and have a premixed color done professionally to ensure the filling matches your floor. This is very important.

Once the filler has dried, you’ll want to sand away any excess that is left. You must do this with the utmost caution to ensure that you do not scratch the floor or sand anything else but the excess left behind.

If you’re happy with the results of your repair, you can now reseal the wood using varnish or polyurethane.

Sometimes, the floor’s manufacturer will have a kit that can be used to remove light stains. This is the ideal scenario and will allow you to precisely fill in the scratch and make the floor look flawless. If you don’t trust yourself to work on the scratches yourself, you can hire a professional to do the job for you. This is the safest route to take, but it can be costly if there are a lot of scratches present. In the worst case, a complete refinish of the flooring will need to be done, but this is not needed for sparse scratches.


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