Remove scratches from your hardwood floors

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There are a few different brands of scratch covers out there that work fairly well, but they tend to darken the hardwood floor that they are applied to, and we all know that this sticks out like a sore thumb.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Fine steel-wool and medium coarse steel-wool
  • Paint thinner or a deglosser
  • 100 grit sandpaper
  • Throw away paint brush
  • Polyurethane
  • Rags

For shallow scratches use steel wool and paint thinner or deglosser for removing spots or scratches that do not go deeper than the finish. Saturate a piece of medium-coarse steel wool with the paint thinner or deglosser and rub in the direction of the grain (never rub across the grain, this will only create more damage to your floors). When you have removed the finish, smooth the surface area with a piece of fine steel wool.

 For deep scratches, use wood filler. After removing finish, smooth area with 100 grit sandpaper. Than using an old brush, fill the scratch above the floor surface slightly. Remove the excess with a straight piece of wood to level the area. After the wood filler dries, sand it flush with the floor. Than clean the area with your rag and thinner.

In both scenarios it is necessary to refinish the area. Use polyurethane, apply an even coat with an old brush and let dry overnight. If the spot is glossier than the rest of the floor you can dull it with the fine steel-wool.

Tips & Warnings

  • This is an excellent way to save time and money, especially on rental properties or homes you are getting ready to sell
  • This finish will also last for years
  • Always wear a respirator when using paints or chemicals.
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