Thursday 15 November 2018

Removing scratches from hardwood flooring

Hardwood floors look good and are generally hard-wearing. But like any natural material, they can get damaged. A scratched floor looks unsightly, so short of covering damaged areas with a rug or furniture, what can you do to deal with scratches and keep your floor looking pristine?

The method of removing scratches from your engineered wood flooring depends on the type of damage. Let’s have a look at some of the most common ones.

Surface Scratches

If only the surface of your flooring is scratched, this is the easiest to deal with, as it’s only the protective coating that’s damaged. Start by cleaning the damaged area carefully to remove any dirt and grit so it doesn’t get sealed in later. Rinse away any remaining cleaner and allow the area to dry. You can then apply a fresh coat of varnish or shellac to repair the damage.

Minor Scratches

These are scratches that have penetrated the surface coating and damaged the surface of the wood beneath. With good-quality wood flooring from somewhere like, these are still easy to fix. Clean the floor as before, then use wire wool or a fine-grade sandpaper to rub over the scratched area. Always work with the grain of the wood or you’ll make things look worse.

You may need to gently sand surrounding areas to blend the scratch in. Next, use a wax stick to fill the scratch and leave some time for the wax to set. Finally, use a soft cloth to buff up the repaired area.

Deep Scratches and Gouges

Removing severe damage such as this takes more work. Wood floors can add value to a property, and if you’re not confident of your ability to do a good job, you may be better off calling in a professional. This type of repair involves completely stripping and refinishing the floor.

You need to clean the floor as before and then sand or buff any scratches. If they’re particularly deep, you can use a wood filler to bring the surface back level. Make sure you choose the right colour filler for your floor. After filling, you need to sand again in order to blend in the repair. Finally, you can finish the job using wax or varnish as you would with the other repairs.


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