If you’re a homeowner with hardwood floors, you know how easy it is for them to get scratched. Whether your pet claws at the floor or furniture getting scooted across the room, unsightly scratches can quickly appear on wood floors and detract from their beauty.
But before you start panicking about having to live with those hard-to-hide marks in your living spaces, we have good news – there are ways you can repair any surface scratches on your beautiful hardwood floor!
Know what kind of finish you have
Hardwood floors can have different types of finishes, be it wax, oil- or water-based. Is the wood varnished or stained? Knowing this answer will be the first step in hardwood floor scratch repair. For example, if you have a wax layer, a wax remover solution should be used to clear away the wax before repairing the scratch.
Thoroughly clean the spot to be repaired
Before starting repair work on hardwood flooring, cleaning the area around the scratch thoroughly is important. This preparatory step will help ensure that dirt, debris, and other potential obstructions are not interfering with your repair efforts. Making sure that you have a sufficiently clean surface for patching materials simplifies repair work in the long run and helps you maintain the original beauty of hardwood flooring.
Minor scratches are easy to DIY
For minor scratches in a small area, a blending pencil can be used to fill them in. These pencils are a fast, easy, and budget-friendly way to maintain your hardwood floors. They are available in a wide range of colors to match your flooring.
A finish restorer can be used if there are small scratches or scuffs across your hardwood floors.
Larger, deeper scratches need professional repair
If there are larger scratches across your floors, get them sanded and refinished by a professional. Sanding hardwood removes blemishes and other imperfections from the surface — restoring it to how it originally appeared. Then, a finish is applied to achieve the desired color.
Keep your hardwood flooring beautiful with careful care
To keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful, clean them carefully and put down carpets in high-traffic areas. For everyday cleaning, sweep your hardwood floors with a microfiber cloth and then wipe them down with a damp mop. Carpet Creations offers a wide range of cleaning supplies and accessories to maintain your flooring, no matter the material.