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How to Cover Up Scratches in Wood Floors

No one wants to come home and see scratches all over their shiny wooden floor. Sand, small pebbles and gravel tracked across the wooden floor can cause scratches and small gashes in the surface. Regular maintenance, including sweeping, mopping and waxing, can help extend the life of your wooden floor. As there are several different scenarios, this article deals with scratches on a urethane finished wood floor.

Hardwood floor

Step 1

Determine if your floor is scratched or gouged. A gouge goes down into the wood and is deeper than a scratch. It cannot be repaired using this method, although it may be less noticeable. A scratch is very shallow and affects only the surface coating of the wood floor.

Step 2

Decide if you have a wax finish or a urethane finish on your wood floor. Scratches on urethane finished floors are easier to cover than those on a wax finished floor, as the wax finish is very thin and more likely to result in gouges. Wax finishes are generally found on premanufactured floors, while urethane finishes are applied after the wood flooring is installed.

Step 3

Roughen the scratched area with fine grit sandpaper by rubbing in a circular motion, ensuring that you work the whole length and both sides of the scratch.

Step 4

Wipe the area with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits to remove dust and wood particles.

Step 5

Using a hardwood floor finish that is the same color as your floor, cover the scratch by painting it in with a small, narrow paintbrush. Rub the area with a soft cloth to help the finish blend in with the surrounding floor.

Step 6

Allow the new coat of finish to dry completely, which should take about 30 minutes. Add more finish if needed.

Things You Will Need

  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Soft cloth
  • Mineral spirits
  • Small paint brush
  • Hardwood floor finish

About the Author

Marsanne Petty has been a writer and photographer for over ten years, and is currently pursuing the combination in tandem. She attended Madison Community College, receiving a degree in Administration. She has published several articles for magazines, including Jack Magazine, and the local newspaper, the Jasper News. Her latest creation, a pictoral history of Hamilton County, Florida, was published in early 2009 through Arcadia Publishing.

Photo Credits

  • texture of wooden floor image by Elnur from Fotolia.com