How to Fix Scratches on Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring is, of course, stunning to look at and it gives a beautiful stylish look to any room in your home. Therefore, it is easy to see why it is becoming one of the most popular choices of flooring material with many householders. Once all the decisions have been made on which type, and color, of hardwood flooring you would like, what room you will put it in, and a fitter has been arranged it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the best ways to clean and maintain your flooring. With the correct care, your hardwood flooring can remain looking just as beautiful as the day it was laid.
Obviously, it simply isn’t possible to protect your hardwood flooring from every scratch but there are certainly some steps that you can take to reduce them occurring. Place a mat by your door to trap and dust and dirt particles and avoid them being walked through your home. Remember to take your shoes off and not walk on your hardwood floors with them on, especially high heels. Brush your floor a couple of times a week to remove any loose dust or debris that has accumulated, and mop it occasionally with an appropriate solution, remembering not to get it too wet.
If you do notice scratches it is a good idea to deal with them as soon as possible to avoid them getting worse.
Before you start repairing the scratches, it’s utterly essential for you to understand your floor finish in the first place. In other words, figure out whether the finish of your floor is oil based, or it is water-based, and then take appropriate action.
Some hardwood floors have a wax coating while others have an aluminum oxide coating. Apart from that, some people prefer varnishing their floors. So you have to keep all these factors in mind while repairing the scratches.
Surface scratches that are lighter are not too difficult to repair. These occur when the protective coating on the surface of your flooring is scratched. Begin by cleaning the area of the floor that has an issue using a soft cloth and an appropriate hardwood floor cleaner. Removing any dust will ensure you don’t seal it in later in the repair. Follow this by wiping again with a soft damp cloth, and then allow the floor to dry completely. Once it is completely dry all you need to do is apply a new protective coating layer and then remember to allow it to dry overnight.
If your floor has a wax coating, make sure that you use a wax remover solution to clean the floor in the first place, and then start repairing the scratches.
As with light scratches, ensure the floor is very clean before starting the repair work. Using fine sandpaper and gently rub over the affected area – ensure that you rub with the grain of the wood. Make sure that at the edges of the scratched area you blend them by rubbing very gently. Use a filler and apply to the scratched area. This will need to dry for around 10 minutes. With a soft cloth, you will now need to buff the area, once this is done ensure any excess dust is wiped away with a clean soft cloth.
For minor scratches (which are hardly visible), you can also create a “do it yourself” solution at home by mixing equal amount of olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Combine these two items effectively, and then apply it on the scratches. Keep it as it is the whole day, and then wipe it off.
You can also use blending pencils to eliminate the scratches from your hardwood floor. However, the one thing that you should be careful about while using blending pencils is to pick the right color that matches your flooring.
Apart from that, you can also use a finish restorer for eliminating minor scratches from your floor. It is also helpful for dealing with faded finishes.
If you have medium scratches all over your floor, then it’s better to apply a new coat of finish. It’s not only a great technique for eliminating the scratches, but it also helps in giving a fresh look to your floor.
It will take the elegance of your floor to the next level by adding that ultimate charm to it.
With deep scratches, the process will take a little longer. Clean as mentioned above and then rub down the affected area with fine sandpaper. Remove any debris and fill the scratch with a small amount of filler, don’t worry if there is a little extra filler. You will need to allow the area a full 24 hours of drying time. Once it is dry a putty knife will help you to smooth out the surface. Then you can put a sealer over the repaired area. Allow 24 hours for drying and for the best results apply another coat and wait a further 24 hours.
If you don’t feel comfortable mending scratches in your floor it is always a good idea to get a professional in to do it for you. They will carry out the repair work with pinpoint accuracy and will allow you to focus on other crucial tasks. Seeking professional help is always better for achieving desired results.