Dealing With Scratched Hardwood Floors

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty 331610

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes.

Hiding scratches: If you’ve got a good eye for matching colors, you can actually use crayons or markers or purchase wax sticks from the hardware store to fill-in scratches. Try to match the stain color on your floors, but don’t worry if it’s a little off. If the color is close, once the scratch is filled, it’ll look like a variation in the wood grain.

Polishing floors: You can make a polish solution for your floors from household ingredients. Mix olive oil and vinegar in equal parts, pour it directly into scratches, and then wipe it off after 24 hours. It may take several applications, but this homemade polish will fill and cover most scratches.

Clever decor: It’s not a long-term solution, but sometimes the most painless way to fix scratches in your floors is to cover them with a rug or furniture arrangement.

Spot sanding: For deeper scratches, you’ll need to spot sand with fine steel wool or sandpaper, use wood filler, and stain and seal the repaired area.


 

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Joan Cox
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Rita, I recently had a listing where the hand scraped hardwood was seriously scratched, and even my floor dude could not fix it.  They had carpet ordered.

Mar 25, 2018 08:22 AM #1
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Maria Sapio
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Thank you for your blogpost  providing helpful hardwood floor tips.  Have a great weekend!

Mar 25, 2018 08:53 AM #2
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Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
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Thank you for these beneficial and worthwhile comments on hardwood floors Rita Legan 

Mar 25, 2018 01:26 PM #3
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Sharon Tara
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Nothing like nice, quality hardwood to impress potential buyers!

 

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Will Hamm
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Hello Rita,  Great information to have and one that I need to past on to a friend.  Thanks

 

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