Unfortunately for homeowners, scratches, dings, and dents to hardwood floors are inevitable. It is important to regularly care for your hardwood flooring. No matter what, whether it’s from children, pets or moving furniture, the reality is that scratches and gouges will happen. Online, there are numerous “fix it” guides that, while their repair may only be temporary, do offer at least some solution for those trying to repair on a budget.
Oil and Vinegar: Simply combine 3 parts oil and 1 part vinegar, either white or apple cider works well, in a jar. Mix it well, and rub it onto the wood. Let it dry, and you’re done. However, be cautious in this approach. After a while, you will notice that the oil has removed the glossy feel.
Conceal the Imperfection: Buy a stain that matches the floor’s color and fill in the holes. Use a small brush when applying it, and don’t forget to wipe away the excess before it dries. You may occasionally have to reapply the stain every few months.
Use a Product: Be careful when choosing any products. Be sure to go with a reputable company. Choose something meant to renew wood, and apply it to the floors. For the best results, sand the floors down beforehand. You will have to reapply it every several months. Don’t do this with wood laminate floors.
Wax/Acrylic Polishes: Some people use waxes or acrylic polishes to cover up lighter scratches. While this is a decent quick fix, it can cause the floor to dull and darken until it requires removal.
Wood Filler: Pre-colored latex wood filler works for deeper, more obvious gashes in hardwood flooring. Use a plastic putty knife to avoid additional damage to the wood, sand down with fine-grit paper and coat with tarnish.
The best fix to scratched hardwood floors doesn’t rely on these quick fixes. They work to hide or conceal various imperfections in the floors. These repairs don’t last forever, and they may cause further harm to your wood flooring in the long run.