Thursday, 1 December 2011

Flooring - Getting Scratches Out of Wood Floors

Hardwood flooring can be the most beautiful feature to your home, if it is taken care of and given some attention for its long life. If your hardwood flooring is neglected or not cared for it can get scratched or dented, and a scratched or dented floor is not a happy floor.

There are some simple ways to keep your floors scratch and dent free. One is not to wear any high-heeled shoes on the floors! High heels create a tremendous amount of weight in one tiny point. These can easily dent and damage floors. I know from experience! Every morning when I dress for work I walk in front of the full length mirror in my bedroom. One day I noticed hundreds of small dents and scratches from my shoes. Since that time I have not wore my high-heeled shoes inside the home.

Another factor that can damage floors is pets. Pets sometimes have sharp claws and walking or skidding across the floor can scratch and dent your hardwoods. A way to help prevent this is keep your dogs nails clipped. I often will clip them outside then let them run on the concrete before coming inside. This allows the nails to file down before entering the house. Children are also a factor in contributing to scratched floors. Between playing with toys and normal child mischief it is easy for the little ones to scratch the precious wood flooring.

There are some simple ways to keep floors looking new and free of scratches. If your floors do happen to get scratched many products and just a few simple steps can address this problem and provide a quick remedy.

The first tip for removing a light scratch is to take a steel wool to the scratch and rub along the grain. Make sure to rub with the grain, not against, or you'll have more scratches. Next is to take light sandpaper and rub along where you have you used the steel wool. After you have rubbed with light sandpaper, apply some mineral oil to the area. If there is still area that looks damaged you can use wood filler applied to scratched area. Make sure to let the filler dry completely! Once the filler has dried, use lightweight sandpaper again over the area to remove any excess filler. Finally, the last step is to use a varnish over the area to seal with moisture and beautiful shine!

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