Wondering how to fix a scratched wood floor? Whether you have scratches from the dogs running around, pans dropping, or your chair scuffs have taken a toll.
Let me share how to get rid of ugly scratches on hardwood floors. I will give you a variety of options to brighten up and freshen your hardwood floors.
Skip hiring a professional to come in and charge an arm and a leg to clean your floors, and try one or more of my options below. This is a great starter to see if you can freshen up your hardwood floors on your own. Save money and have that stunning floor you used to have.
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How to Fix a Scratched Wood Floor
If you’re looking for ways to get rid of the scratches on your wood floor, here are some options to help you accomplish just that.
Sweep, and mop your floors and then whip up this homemade floor polish. Just do equal parts olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Pour a bit of the mixture on the scratch and let it soak into the wood overnight. Then come back in the morning and wipe away any leftover.
You will need to do this until the scratch entirely disappears. This is best for minor scratches.
Fine Steel Wool
If you have a very light scratch reach for fine steel wool to go over the scratch. This has been said to help lift and hide the scratch easily. Go with the grain of the wood.
You can buy a finish restorer to help work over light scratches, treat fading, etc. Most retailers will carry this and can be an excellent way to brighten and refresh dull or scuffed floors.
WEIMAN High Traffic Hardwood Polish & Restorer is a trendy option that many with hardwood floors see results with.
This is one product you can buy and use to buff into your scratches. This works great for mild dog scratches you find develop over time. Many swear by this method.
You might find if the scratch is a deeper reach for a premixed wood filler to cover the scratch. Use a putty knife to fill the scratch, make sure the color matches the color of your wood.
Let the filler dry, and allow to dry fully. Reach for a plastic putty knife, as a metal one could scratch your floor and cause new issues.
Sand And Refinish
This is going to take time and money of course, but if you have a lot of scratches, sanding and refinishing is a good option. This option is for real hardwood floors.
As you sand, you will sand down to remove the scratches, and then follow up by a refinish to make your floors look like new.
Patch And Replace
If you can, you can always patch and replace your spots if they are too damaged. You can find YouTube videos with tutorials or online step-by-step walkthroughs of what you need to do.
Or if you can’t do it, hire someone to come in.
What have you used to tackle scratches on your wood floors?