Repairing Surface Scratches In Your Hardwood Floors

Even small scratches in the surface layer of your hardwood flooring can have a huge impact on the overall appearance of your flooring materials. This is because each time your floor's surface is scratched, dust and dirt becomes trapped inside. In the end, this can make your floor look dull and aged long before its time. Thankfully, repairing these minor surface scratches can be much easier than you think. In fact, most homeowners will be able to easily complete this process on their own in just three easy steps.

What You Will Need

  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Mineral spirits
  • Clean, dry cloths
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood stain (must match the color of your floor exactly)

Step 1: Rough Up The Scratched Surface

Using a piece of fine grit sandpaper, rough up the surface surrounding the scratch. Use minimal pressure and contain your efforts to the area immediately surrounding the damage when performing this task in order to prevent causing more damage to your floors in the process.

Step 2: Clean Area With Mineral Spirits

Use mineral spirits to dampen one of your cloths. This cloth should then be used to remove any sawdust or other debris that is present. It is important to ensure that the floor is allowed to dry completely after this step before moving on to the final step.

Step 3: Apply Wood Stain

If you have any wood stain left over from when your floor was last finished, using this stain will often provide the best results. If there is not any leftover stain available, be sure to choose a stain that matches the existing finish of your floor.

Using a clean paint brush, gently apply a very thin layer of stain over the area that was roughed up in the first step of this process. Using a clean cloth rub the area using circular motions in order to blend the stain in. If the scratches can still be seen, apply another thin coat of stain and repeat the blending process. Continue repeating this process until the scratches are no longer visible and the new stain has been blended into the existing finish.

A Final Thought

Repairing your wood floors with the steps above is an easy and effective process. However, it is important to remember that this repair method is only intended for use with minor scratches that extend only to the surface of the floor. If you are dealing with large gouges in your hardwood floors, this damage will need to be repaired by a professional as the damaged boards may need to be replaced. 

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