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Posted on June 13, 2023
Hardwood floors bring a timeless charm to any home, but they’re not immune to damage. From minor scratches to deeper gouges and water damage, hardwood floors may need periodic repairs. This guide will delve into the various types of damages that can occur and how you can repair them to restore your floor’s original beauty.
Before attempting any repair, it’s essential to understand the type of hardwood floor you have. Solid hardwood floors can usually be sanded and refinished multiple times, while engineered hardwood floors have a thin veneer of wood that can be sanded and refinished only once or twice.
Minor scratches are one of the most common issues that homeowners face with their hardwood floors. Here’s how you can fix them:
Start by cleaning the scratched area with a soft, damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris.
Use a wood filler that matches your floor’s colour. Apply it to the scratch using a plastic putty knife, making sure to smooth it out evenly.
Once the filler dries, buff the area with fine-grit sandpaper to remove excess filler and smooth the surface. Lastly, apply a thin coat of polyurethane sealer to protect the repaired area and help it blend in with the rest of the floor.
Deep scratches or gouges penetrate the wood and require more work to repair.
Start by sanding the scratch and the surrounding area using medium-grit sandpaper to remove the finish around the scratch and allow for a smooth repair.
Use a wood filler or epoxy to fill the gouge. Overfill it slightly, as the filler will shrink as it dries.
After the filler dries, sand it with fine-grit sandpaper until it’s flush with the rest of the floor. Stain the area to match the rest of the floor, then apply a coat of polyurethane to seal and protect the repaired area.
Squeaky floors are a common issue in older homes. The squeaking is caused by the wood planks rubbing against each other or the nails.
Walk over the floor until you locate the squeaky spot.
If the squeak is over a joist (you can find this using a stud finder), drive a long finish nail through the plank and into the joist. If it’s between the joists, apply a squeak relief lubricant or sprinkle talcum powder over the area and sweep it into the cracks.
Water damage can cause staining, warping, or cupping of your hardwood floors.
If the water damage is extensive, it may be best to replace the affected planks. However, minor water damage can often be repaired.
Start by drying the floor thoroughly. This can take several weeks. Use fans and dehumidifiers to speed up the process.
Once the floor is dry, sand the affected area to remove the damaged wood and finish. Then stain and finish the area to match the rest of the floor.
While hardwood floors are durable, they’re not indestructible. But with a bit of knowledge and elbow grease, you can repair many common issues and keep your hardwood floors looking as good as new for many years to come. Always remember to clean up spills promptly, keep the floor dry, and protect it from scratches to reduce the need for repairs.
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