If you have hardwood floors, you are probably the envy of your friends. These floors are beautiful and add character to the home. However, they are also prone to blemishes like scratches that can affect their beauty. Fortunately, it is not difficult to fix a scratch in a hardwood floor and make the surface look as good as when it was new.
You will need:
• Fine steel wool
• 180-grit sandpaper
• Mineral spirits
• Soft cloth
• Premixed wood filler in a color that matches floor color
• Plastic putty knife
• Tack cloth
• Polyurethane or varnish
• Natural bristle paintbrush or lamb’s wool paint roller
Step 1: Inspect the floor to assess damage, noting areas that contain light or deep scratches. The proper repair technique is determined by the depth of the scratches.
Step 2: Rub the fine steel wool lightly over all light scratches in the floor, rubbing in the direction of the wood grain.
Step 3: Using lightweight, 180-grit sandpaper, lightly sand along the wood grain in the locations of deep scratches.
Step 4: Remove sanding dust with the tack cloth. To pick up any remaining sanding dust and smooth out scratched areas, use the cloth to apply and rub mineral spirits in these locations.
Step 5: Purchase a premixed wood filler in a color that matches the floor color. Apply this with a plastic putty knife, filling the scratch. Let the filler dry completely. Do not use wood putty for the repair unless you are able to stain it yourself prior to application. After wood putty has dried, it will not take color evenly, making the patched area look very obvious to the eye.
Step 6: Sand excess filler with the 180-grit sandpaper and use the tack cloth to remove the sanding dust.
Step 7: Use the correct type and shade of polyurethane or varnish to refinish the wood in all repaired areas. Apply this with a natural bristle brush or lamb’s wool paint roller to prevent air bubbles from developing in the finish. Let the area dry completely before replacing furniture or walking on it.