Even minor scratches on your hardwood floors can leave your floors looking dull. While you may assume that repairing this damage will be time consuming and expensive, the truth is, this type of minor damage can often be repaired on a do-it-yourself basis without making a large investment of time or money. Using the step-by-step guide below will help you to accomplish this task.
Materials You Will Need
- fine grit sandpaper
- wood stain (be sure it matches the current color of your floor)
- microfiber cloths (2)
- mineral spirits
Step 1: Inspect the Damage
Before you begin any repairs, you will need to take the time to carefully inspect the damage and determine exactly how deep the scratch goes. If the scratch is only on the surface of the floor, simply cleaning the floor and applying a small amount of wood stain will be all it takes to eliminate the damage. However, if the scratch extends into the wood, you will need to take further action in order to repair the damage.
If the damage to your floor extends just past the wood's surface, you will be able to use the following process to repair the damage. However, if the damage extends further into the wood, this is not a scratch. This is considered a gouge and will need to be repaired by a professional hardwood flooring contractor.
Step 2: Rough Up The Surface
Using your fine grit sandpaper, gently rough up the surface of your floor surrounding the scratches you wish to repair. Do not a lot of pressure when performing this task of you could end up removing much more than just the top layer of your floor.
After taking a few passes with your sandpaper, dampen your cloth with mineral spirits and use it to wash away any sawdust or other debris from your floors surface. Remember that any debris that is left behind will become a permanent part of your floor's surface so be sure to take your time and ensure the floor is truly clean before moving forward. Finally, allow ample time for the floor to dry completely before moving on to the last step of the repair process.
Step 3: Apply Stain
Using a clean paintbrush, gently apply a minimal amount of wood stain to the damaged area. This stain will need to match the color of your floor perfectly if you wish to mask the damage. Therefore, if you are unable to find a matching color, you may need to contact the manufacturer in order to obtain a touch up kit.
Once the stain is in place, use a microfiber cloth to blend the stain into the floor's surface using gently circular motions. Once the stain has dried completely, the damage to your floor should be eliminated completely.