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Repairing Scratches On Wood Floors

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Wood flooring is generally quite durable, but it can get scratches over time. This is a guide about repairing scratches on wood floors.


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By 8 found this helpful
May 31, 2012

Crack 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!

By attosa from Los Angeles, CA

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March 20, 20090 found this helpful

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.

Source: From my daughter.

By Darlene from Everton, Missouri

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November 11, 20040 found this helpful

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.



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. 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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By 0 found this helpful
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


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. 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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By 0 found this helpful
March 13, 2016

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


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. 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, 20110 found this helpful

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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By 1 found this helpful
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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By 0 found this helpful
July 31, 2010

How can I repair scratches in a laminate wood floor?

By Sherri Lile from MO

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March 6, 20110 found this helpful

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. I have a long deep scratch. Any thoughts on fixing it? They used a water base varnish.

By zubie from Wolfeboro, NH


Repairing Scratches and Gouges on Hardwood Flooring

Personally, I would call the installers and ask them what to do and especially since you just had it done it will be fresh in their minds of all materials used. Perhaps I've just been lucky, but most companies will tell you how to fix things like flooring yourself without charging you for them to fix your boo boo when they've done the installation. (12/29/2010)

By Ann

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December 27, 20100 found this helpful

How can I repair hardwood floors that have a couple of scratch marks from moving furniture? My son and two friends rented a house and instead of using the protectors on the legs of couches, etc. before moving they happened to put a couple of scratches about four inches long.

They will be moving out soon and I want to repair the floor now, without doing the full sanding repair to the floor. Scratches are not deep and the floors are a light oak. I believe I heard once that shoe polish will help small areas. Any advice?

By Doris from Roanoke, VA


Repairing Scratches and Gouges on Hardwood Flooring

Better to disguise the scratches. If it is really light wood, just try some mineral oil in the scratches to get them to blend in. Shoe polish would work if there is a very big difference in color between the scratch and the wood, even after the oil. (09/13/2010)

By pam munro

Repairing Scratches and Gouges on Hardwood Flooring

Rub walnut meat into the scratches.

By Sheri Carlisle

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September 13, 20100 found this helpful

How do you repair scratched wood floors?

By jennifer white from Creston, IA


Repairing Scratches and Gouges on Hardwood Flooring

Have you tried Old English? Some people say using the meat from the walnut to rub into the gouges and scratches also makes it blend in with the rest of the wood. (07/30/2010)

By susan

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July 25, 20100 found this helpful

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.

I don't want to bring in a rotary sander, but rather am looking for hints or tips that I could use for enhancing the appearance e.g., use of shellac sticks or putty for filling scratches, chemical sanding, buffing, etc. that might take longer, but be less messy and costly.

By Tracy Leonard

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