Repair wood floors and scratches

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois

Repair wood floors and scratches that make rooms look worn out. We’ll show you easy ways to put the luster back into your floors.

Camouflage scratches

Take some artistic license to hide minor scratches in wood floors by rubbing on stain-matching crayons and Sharpie pens. Wax sticks, such as Minwax Stain Markers, are great scratch busters because they include stain and urethane, which protects the floor’s finish.

Don’t be afraid to mix a couple of colors together to get a good match. And don’t sweat if the color is a little off. Real hardwoods mix several hues and tones. So long as you cover the contrasting “white” scratches, color imperfections will match perfectly.

Homemade polish

Mix equal parts olive oil and vinegar, which work together to remove dirt, moisturize, and shine wood. Pour a little directly onto the scratch. Let the polish soak in for 24 hours, then wipe off. Repeat until the scratch disappears.

Spot-sand deep scratches

It takes time to repair wood gouges: Sand, fill, sand again, stain, and seal. Here are some tips to make the job go faster.

  • Sand with fine-gauge steel wool or lightweight sandpaper.
  • Always sand with the grain.
  • Use wood filler, which takes stain better than wood putty.
  • Use a plastic putty knife to avoid more scratches.
  • Seal the area with polyurethane, or whatever product was used on the floor originally.

Fix gaps in floor

Old floorboards can separate over time. Fill the gaps with colored wood putty. Or, if you have some leftover planks, rip a narrow band and glue it into the gap.

Jane Hoback is a veteran business writer who has written for the Rocky Mountain News, Natural Foods Merchandiser magazine, and ColoradoBIZ Magazine

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1~Judi Barrett
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Dale, these are great tips.  I've never heard of mixing olive oil and vinegar to clean wood.  I am going to try that one.  Thank you for sharing the great tips.

Aug 24, 2011 12:51 PM #1
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Saw a reblog of this...and I wanted to come and thank you for the good information. I like the olive oil and vinegar idea too...I am going to give it a whirl. Thanks again Dale.

Aug 24, 2011 01:23 PM #2
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Susan Neal
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Hi Dale - These are excellent tips and easy things to do to make a big difference.  Good post!

Aug 24, 2011 01:27 PM #3
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Daniel H. Fisher
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Maintaining wood floors is starts with getting a good coat of polyurethene on them. Getting a floor buffer and actually waxing the floors intermittently was the proper way to maintain them. I remember mom buffing in the minwax with the cool looking chromed buffer with double rotating brushes. Did it about every 6 months.

Aug 24, 2011 03:44 PM #4
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Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
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Growing up I never appreciated hardwood floors like I do now.  Daniel, I too remember the work they required back then!  Thanks everyone for your thoughtful comments!

Aug 24, 2011 05:11 PM #5
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Dale Taylor
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comments appreciated

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