DEALING WITH SCRATCHED HARDWOOD FLOORS
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.
Here are a few DIY hardwood floor fix it options:
Hiding scratches: Matching stain color is a great option. Another alternative is you can also use crayons, markers or purchase wax sticks from the hardware store to fill-in scratches. 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: Sometimes the most painless way to fix scratches in your hardwood floors is to cover them with a rug or furniture arrangement. At least for a short-term fix.
Spot sanding: For deeper scratches, you’ll need to spot sand with fine steel wool or sandpaper, use wood filler, and stain then seal the repaired area.
Hardwood floors can a little TLC every now and again to keep them looking amazing throughout the years. Especially if you have animals, children, or move furniture around often. But they are definitely worth every penny and effort you put into them.
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