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How To Fix Gouges, Dents, And Deep Scratches In Hardwood Floors

How To Fix Gouges, Dents, And Deep Scratches In Hardwood Floors

With time passing, even the most solid floors are prone to problems. For instance, wood flooring is most likely to be scratched than any other type of floors. Defects could range from minor surface imperfections to serious structural problems, but both situations could be very annoying. Here is what we can do when it comes to repairs.

Wood gouges and scratches are the unavoidable results of everyday wear and tear. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent them. Nor can you avoid troubles caused by contraction and expansion. Wood, being a porous and fibrous material, contracts and expands when the humidity or the temperature (or both) rise or fall. When these changes appear, a board may distend and deform and the nails may loosen.

You may even notice detachment between the subfloor and the joists, due to the natural settling of the house. If your floor is uneven or is sagging, you are face to face with a serious structural problems. If this
is the case, immediately contact a professional.

Negligible scratches on wooden floors are easier to handle. You can buff them away using sandpaper or steel wool. It’s important to be careful and watch out to restrict all the sanding only to the scratched area, touching very slightly the surrounding surface. Attention – you have to buff and sand only and entirely in line with the wood grain.

You can look for and buy a paste wax that matches well the tone of your floor, so you could hide the smallest scratches. Use wax-sticks for wood repair to fill deeper dents and scratches.

Removing water stains is not difficult if the damage is not too deep. Water is an enemy to the wood. If there is a water mark ring left (usually from hot tea or coffee cup) on the floor surface, there is a chance for you to extract the stain. Find a towel or a cloth and cover the stain. Set your iron to a medium heat and iron onto the stain. Don’t forget to keep an eye out and check if the stain is vanishing and make sure that you do not actually make bigger damage.

If you have larger water marks on your floor, this is usually caused if you have overwatered your house plants or have spilled a drink. The stain should be treated the same way – it has to be sanded, sometimes even bleached, then the treated area should be refinished to match the color of the wood. Best you can do for your floor is to call a professional to do the work, especially if it’s a very visible place.

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