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How to Remove Scratches from Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors add a touch of timeless elegance and warmth to any home. But their beauty can be marred by unsightly scratches. With a little know-how, you can tackle those blemishes and restore your floors' former glory.

Can you fix scratches in hardwood floors?

Absolutely! The approach depends on the severity of the scratch. For minor surface scratches, there are several DIY solutions you can try. Deeper scratches might require professional help, but with the right techniques, even significant damage can be addressed.


DIY solutions for minor scratches

Here's your arsenal for battling minor scratches:

  • Household heroes: Believe it or not, your pantry might hold the key. A paste made from equal parts olive oil and vinegar can sometimes buff out shallow scratches. Apply it sparingly, let it sit for a day, and buff it away with a soft cloth. For a similar effect, try a paste of baking soda and olive oil.
  • Nutty fix: Walnuts contain natural oils that can conceal minor scratches. Rub a raw walnut meat over the scratch in the direction of the grain. Buff with a soft cloth for a polished look.
  • Stain and buff: For inconspicuous scratches on stained floors, you can use a stain pen or matching stain to color the scratch and blend it in. Test the stain on an inconspicuous area first to ensure a perfect match. Apply a light coat, then buff with a soft cloth.
  • Magic eraser (use with caution): A magic eraser can be a lifesaver for light scratches on engineered wood floors. However, be very gentle, as it can also remove the finish if used too aggressively. Test it in a hidden spot before applying it to the scratch.


Pro tip: Always clean the area around the scratch thoroughly before applying any solution.


Solutions for deeper scratches

For deeper scratches that gouge the wood, here are some options:


  • Wood filler and stain: For moderately deep scratches, wood filler can be your knight in shining armor. Apply the filler following the manufacturer's instructions, let it dry, sand it smooth, and then use a stain pen or matching stain to blend the area seamlessly.
  • Waxing: For scratches that expose bare wood, consider colored wax. Find a wax that closely matches your floor's color, melt it slightly, and apply it to the scratch. Buff away any excess and the surrounding area for a uniform finish.


Important note: When dealing with deeper scratches or extensive damage, professional help is highly recommended. Hardwood floor refinishing experts have the tools and expertise to restore your floors to their pristine condition.


Seeking professional help? Look no further than Carpet Creations!

At Carpet Creations, our passion is creating beautiful, functional living spaces. We understand the importance of maintaining your hardwood floors, and our refinishing services can breathe new life into even the most scratched and worn surfaces. Our experienced technicians use top-of-the-line equipment and techniques to ensure a flawless and long-lasting finish.


Don't let scratches steal the shine from your hardwood floors. Visit our showroom in O' Fallon, MO, or contact us today for a consultation. We proudly serve O' Fallon, St. Charles County, St. Louis County, St. Louis City, Clayton, Ladue, Wildwood, and St. Paul, MO.


We look forward to helping you bring your dream floors to life!