Over time your hardwood floor is bound to get scratched. Whether this is a result of heavy traffic or moving heavy appliances across it, you will be sure to find places where it has been nicked or even gouged. Scratches will ruin the look of the floor and at the same time may decrease the value of your property.
So what is the best way to handle these issues? Read the guide on how to remove scratches from a wood floor and follow these instructions.
The main types of scratches include surface scratches, minor surface scratches that have just penetrated the protective coating, and deep scratches.
1. Light Scratches
Light scratches can be easily taken care of. You can apply wax or acrylic polish over light scratches. But over time these tend to darken the floor, eventually leading to a duller look. To remove a scratch without this happening you first need a soft cloth and a hardwood floor cleaner to clean the affected area. Remove any dirt or grime that can be sealed into it when you are rectifying the damage. Once the area has been cleaned, let it dry so that no moisture remains. Now apply a layer of protective coating. Allow this to dry overnight.
If you like you can coat the floors with a product that is specifically made for renewing wood. For minor scratches sanding is not required. You should reapply this product every several months. If you have wood laminate or factory treated wood floors, you should not treat the wood floor by the method given above.
2. Minor scratches that go beneath the protective coating
These types of scratches on a wood floor need extra work. You start by cleaning the surface with the help of a soft cloth and a wood cleaner. Remove all the dust and grime thoroughly ensuring that it does not get pushed further into the wood. Now take some steel wool and rub it over the scratched area. Make sure that you don’t rub too harshly. Always rub with the grain of the wood because rubbing opposite to the grain will not only increase the scratched area, it will also make a prominent mark there. Now try to buff the area so that the edges are blended well.
3. Deep scratches and gouges
Deep scratches take some time to fix. In order to fix them, first clean the scratched area with the help of a hardwood cleaner. Clean it so that no dust or grime is left behind. Now rinse away the hardwood cleaner and allow the scratched area to completely dry before proceeding to the next step. If your wood floor has a coating of polyurethane, then you have to remove that layer before fixing the scratch. If you don’t have experience in removing this layer, it is possible that, while trying to remove it, you may scratch the surrounding area too. In such cases you should hire a professional to do the job. However, if you feel confident about it, go ahead and remove the layer and then proceed to the next step.
Apply a small amount of wood filler (not wood putty) that matches your wood floor color onto the scratched or gouged area. Spread the filler making sure that all the air bubbles are removed. Now wipe off the excess wood filler with the help of a wood putty knife. Let the wood filler dry completely and then sand the excess filling. Once it has dried take a moist cloth and wipe off the excess filling. Now seal the patched area with the help of a sealer.
Tip: In order to buy the right stain color, take a photo of your floor to the store so that an employee can help you find the best match.