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How to Get Rid of Hardwood Floor Scratches

The state of your home’s wooden floor can reflect the overall state of your home as well. The sight of a clean hardwood floor instantly tells you that a home is well taken care of. Polished hardwood floors are even better since they greatly contribute to a home’s elegance and stylishness. As for badly scratched hardwood floors, the scratches instantly mar the themes of stylish homes and can convey a message that the home’s owners do not prioritize the tidiness of their belongings.

Even if hardwood floors are sturdy, scratches can pop out at any given time. A room that is frequently visited by guests can accumulate scratches over time. Moving heavy furniture from one region of the house to another can also produce many scratches, especially if furniture is dragged. The same goes with a sharp or heavy object falling to the floor. Clearly, you should have instant remedies for hardwood floor scratches to keep your home classy and presentable.

Instant Remedies for Scratched Wooden Floors

There are different types of remedies for scratches. Some remedies are quite obvious, while others come in the form of substitute products. Remarkably, the best instant remedies are items that you would not expect to be remedies at all.

  • Marker Pen – The marker pen is your fast and easy way to deal with scratches. All you need to do is select a marker pen that shares the same color with your hardwood floor and mark over the scratches. The marks made by marker pens are thick enough to cover scratch formations and deep scratches. If a scratch is too deep for the marker pen, you can stuff the scratch with small pieces of paper then conceal the paper layers with the marker pen. As you can see, you can use the marker pen to deal with almost any type of scratch.
  • Natural Oil – Another surprisingly effective remedy for hardwood floor scratches is natural oil (fruit oil, vegetable oil, etc.). Since natural oil is usually thin and sticky, it can latch itself to the scratches and topple the scratches’ foundation when coupled with a rug. The skins of some oily fruits even work better than rugs since some peels display scratch-removing characteristics similar to natural oil. For instance, the banana peel can instantly attach itself onto a scratch, while providing a continuous supply of oil that weakens the foundation of that scratch.
  • Floor Polisher – Imagine an eraser wiping off pencil marks on a piece of paper. After a few rubs, the pencil marks are instantly gone. The floor polisher works in the same way. With a small amount of floor polish, you can use the floor polisher to remove many scratches on your hardwood floor. The floor polisher is armed with an electric motor, which is why you can remove scratches and shine your home’s flooring with just a push of a button. Though, you should be mindful of the amount of floor polish because if you use the polisher with only a sheer amount of polish, you will end up scratching your floor even more.
  • Floor Wax – Using floor wax is the age old method of cleaning hardwood floors. Despite of the appearance of technological cleaning items such as the floor polisher, many people still prefer to use the traditional floor wax and rug combo to wipe off scratches. Who can blame them, since floor wax is formulated to swarm scratch formations with its thick and sticky body. Scratch formations are practically erased after a few minutes of wiping your floor with this traditional scratch remover. The only drawback in using floor wax is that the whole process of wiping and scrubbing can be tiring. Then again, everyone needs a good exercise from time to time.
  • Sandpaper – For severe scratches, sandpaper comes as a strangely effective remedy. Hardwood floors are usually coated with a layer of varnish, where most of the scratches reside. By using sandpaper, you can remove the layers of varnish that hold scratches and re-varnish your floor right after. If you sandpapered only small portions of your floor, you can simply use a marker pen to conceal the sandpapered regions. The use of sandpaper is strictly reserved for severe scratches because its abrasive surface can create deep scratches on faintly scratched regions.

New Peg, No Scratches

In cases where scratches have penetrated through the layer of varnished and ripped through your floor’s surface, your only good option is to replace the badly scratched peg with a new one. The entire replacement procedure can be quite tricky, so here are the steps in replacing a damaged floor peg:

Materials Used:

  • chisel
  • hammer
  • nails
  • varnish
  • paintbrush
  • floor peg (size depends on the pattern of your hardwood floor)
  • handsaw (if necessary)
  • planer (if necessary)

Check Your Toolbox

Except for the floor peg, all the materials needed for this project are readily found in your home’s toolbox. If your toolbox is missing a few materials, you can simply go to a hardware store and purchase everything that you need. Visit a lumber shop or a flooring store to buy a floor peg.

Remove the Scratched Peg

Floor pegs are nailed tight to the supporting beams beneath them. Your main objective is to remove the nails of the badly scratched peg so you can, ultimately, remove it and replace it with a new one. To expose the nails, create deep grooves around the scratched peg’s nails with your hammer and chisel. Use the claw side of the hammer’s head to pull out the nails. Now, you can remove the scratched peg.

Install the New Peg

If your size of your new peg is identical to the scratched peg, you can simply fit your new peg through the gap and nail it back in place. If you still need to alter your new peg, use the handsaw, planer, hammer and chisel to make your new peg an unscratched copy of the peg that you just removed. Place the new peg on the space that the scratched peg used to occupy and nail its ends to the supporting beams.

Varnish the New Peg

Be careful when applying layers of varnish, since the color of your new peg should match the hue of the surrounding floor pegs. Coat the new peg carefully with varnish. When the varnish dries, your hardwood floor is as good as new.

Final Thought

Surprisingly, the best instant remedy among the bunch is the marker pen. The marker is cheap, easy to carry and generates the fastest results. It is even more efficient than floor wax and natural oil since a single stroke of the marker instantly erases almost all types of scratches. Clearly, the marker pen does not just highlight points, it also erases the some of the ugliest points on your hardwood floor.

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1 Comment

  • The oil really does work! it did not fully take the scratches out of my floor of course but it did make them look a 100 times better, you can barely see the scratches. the oil idea is perfect if you plan to buff or polish your floors in the future. i did not have vegetable oil but had sunflower oil and it work great, just used a cloth and rubbed it in circles on the scratches and you could see them fade instantly… thank you to who ever posted this you saved my floors until i can polish them!

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