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Repairing Scratches On Wood Floors


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May 31, 2012

Scratched Wood FloorCrack open a walnut and rub the nut "meat" against cracks and scratches in hardwood floors to repair them. The nut meat fills in the scratch with a color resembling the wood. Natural tannins found in nuts contain healing properties. Almonds and pecans also work if you're out of walnuts!

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March 20, 2009

If you have hard wood floors with scratches on it I have found that using left over strong coffee with a soft rag and rubbing it into the wood helps hide the scratches.

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November 11, 2004

We recently installed hardwood floors in our house and sadly have some pretty major dings and scratches on the varnish from a chair. We had a chair with metal feet with rubber ends on the feet. The metal broke through one of the rubber feet and scratched the floor. Does anyone know of a way to buff these out to make them less noticeable? We have rearranged our furniture in a way that puts them in a high traffic area, the rest of the floor looks fantastic.



Any ideas would be appreciated, Thanks.

Jimmy

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By Leslie (Guest Post)
November 15, 20040 found this helpful

Well, it all depends on what kind of hardwood floor you have. If its the snap-in kind, you'll most likely have to replace the damaged planks. If the scratches aren't TOO deep, you may be able to lightly sand them, match the stain, and poly over it to make them less noticeable.

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Also, check to see if the flooring is under any kind of warranty. Check out the Minwax website, I found it very helpful when I worked on my old hardwood floors.

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By Jimmy (Guest Post)
November 15, 20040 found this helpful

The type of wood is 3/4 inch solid Brazillian Cherry. It's all nailed down. The scratches are fairly deep but not so bad that I would replace the boards (they are pretty tough to cut out). I may just try to dull the scratches a bit, right now they are light scratches on dark red wood which is what makes them stand out.

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By Leslie (Guest Post)
November 17, 20040 found this helpful

Well Jimmy, if it would make the scratches blend in with the rest of the floor, maybe just match the flooring to a stain color, and try to blend them in, make them less noticeable. Hey, a few dings and scratches adds character! :-) Good luck

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By tara (Guest Post)
January 29, 20060 found this helpful

My cat scratched up my hardwood floors and I rent an apartment. There are about a million scratches all over every part of the floor. Is there anything I can buy to make them less noticible. It is horrible looking.

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May 5, 2008

My husband and I just installed Swift Lock Laminate wood floors this weekend. When he was moving our entertainment center back in he didn't pick it up off the floor and now we have a line all across the floor. It's not a scratch so much as I think he just rubbed the finish off some. He left the same mark in our kitchen laminate floors. I tried baking soda and water, but this didn't work. Any other ideas?



Rose from Ashland, KY

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May 7, 20080 found this helpful

My brother sells flooring to the carpeting stores, etc. Most of the flooring stores should carry a cleaner of some sort that helps. I can't get him on the phone right now, but I know he has told me about a can of something you spray on and wipe off, like a dust polish.

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I would call your closest carpet store. good luck!

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By SunshineRose (Guest Post)
May 8, 20080 found this helpful

Call the place where you bought the flooring. I am sure they can tell you how to fix the floor.

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By Hecman (Guest Post)
July 27, 20080 found this helpful

I have Dupont Laminate Flooring throughout my Condo and I love it but it is high maintainance as we all know. I recently noticed a scratch, not deep but it had marred the finish. I used scratch remover used for your car and really worked great. One problem that it also polishes and now I've got a section of flooring that has a high sheen which looks out of place with the normal sheen of flooring. I have noticed that the sheen is wearing off with time but I would appreciate any ideas about removing the high sheen look quicker . Thanks

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March 13, 2016

What is the best application to put on hardwood floors to remove the scratches?


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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

You need to find a premixed wood filler that is the same color as your hardwood floors. Use a plastic putty knife to fill in the scratches.

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Let it completely dry for 24 to 48 hours. Then buff your floors.

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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

You can use a wood filler crayon available at hardware stores. They come in different colors to match the wood.

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September 10, 2011

I have very high gloss laminate flooring and it has surface scratches. What is the best product to use to get rid of the scratches? They are everywhere on the floor.

By G. Halls

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March 6, 2011

I have hardwood floor in the dining room, it is a very dark stain with a polyurethane finish. I also have three little grandsons that push their trucks, ride their riding toys, etc., in this room and have scratched the finish. Is there a way to make them look better? We plan to refinish them when the guys are older. What can I do in the meantime?

By Carolyn from Marion, OH

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July 31, 2010

How can I repair scratches in a laminate wood floor?

By Sherri Lile from MO

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March 6, 2011

We just had some oak hardwood floors put in. No stain, just red oak. I was moving a dresser with pads under it, but there must have been a screw stuck on the leg. Any thoughts on fixing it?

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December 27, 2010

How can I repair hardwood floors that have a couple of scratch marks from moving furniture?

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September 13, 2010

How do you repair scratched wood floors?

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July 25, 2010

I just recently moved into an older house that has some neglected, beaten up wooden floors. Some of the floor area is scratched, even gouged.

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