Simple Tricks to Remove Scratches from Wood Floor

I have lived in old houses with hardwood all my life. They exude a warm and homey feel that relaxes me at the end of the day. However, wood floors need constant care. Kids, pets and furniture can cause scratches and groove marks that are unsightly.

You can hire a professional refinisher, but they charge by square feet. To save some serious dollars, here are some simple do-it-yourself tricks.

Hide Them

You can tap into your inner artist and use some stain-matching crayons to camouflage them. Wood usually has several hues, so it’s alright to mix a couple of colors until you get a color that will blend in. If you have no artistic bone in your body, purchase wax sticks or stain markers from your nearest home depot. They do a good job covering them.

Ways to Deal with Scratches

A. For Light Scratches

If you cannot stand the thought of hidden scratches, here are some tips on how to erase it from different types of protective coating:

  1. If you have lightly colored wood floors, combine lemon juice and olive oil, and rub them over the scratches.
  2. For dark woods, you can use warm water and vinegar.
  3. Walnut woods can be treated with freshly shelled raw walnut or walnut oil.
  4. Apply your old neutral-colored lip balm over scratches. If there is any left, please don’t use it except on other scratches.
  5. Surface scratches can usually be repaired by re-applying its protective coat such as shellac.

B. For Minor Scrapes

If the surface under the protective coating has been scratched,put hard wax on fine steel wool. Rub gently over the scratch marks in a circular motion. There are several natural wax recipes that you can make yourself to save money. You can buy commercial wax strips if you are pressed for time.

C. For Deep Grooves

It is best to hire a professional if the scratches are deep. You may end up causing more damage if you have no experience with this. But if you the area is small, and you feel reasonably comfortable doing home improvements, then here are the steps to do it:

  1. Grab some fine grain sandpaper, micro fiber cloth and mineral spirits.
  2. Wet your cloth with mineral spirits and wipe the scratches with it. Let it dry for a while.
  3. Apply a matching stain after rubbing with sandpaper, and then leave it on to dry. You might need to do this several times before you see results especially if the scratches are really deep.

If you want your wood floors to be scratch-free, you need to be a vigilant homemaker. It is best to catch these scratches as soon as they are made. Act on them immediately so that you avoid hiring professionals. It’s a good way to save money.

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