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How to repair and prevent scratches in hardwood flooring
Maintaining your hardwood floors is one of the most things you can do to make sure your home feels like new over the years.
You just installed your new floor, so here are some ways to make sure it lasts for a lifetime.
Wood floors are easy to care for and they are extremely durable. But even with proper care and maintenance, you may still want to completely resurface, stain and improve the wood’s look at some point. The good news is that hardwood floors can be refinished multiple times over their lifetime. But in between the refinishing stages, you can take proper steps to prevent scratches and perhaps even repair them before they become a bigger problem.
How to prevent scratches to your hardwood floor?
As your hardwood floor is used and threaded on, scratches can appear out of nowhere. Moving furniture, chairs, certain types of shoes can all cause scratches to the surface. To avoid scratches from furniture, use floor pads that are often found at many hardware stores. These patches protect the space between the hardwood floor and the furniture itself, allow the pieces to sit comfortably without affecting the wood floor surface. Placing mats at entrances also helps with cleaning debris off of people’s shoes (make sure there’s a mat at both sides of the door). Furthermore, it’s important to trim any pets’ nails so that they aren’t continuously touching and scratching the hardwood floor surface. Lastly, don’t forget about shoes and especially heels, as they can do serious damage to your floor.
How to buy wood flooring that is durable?
When you choose your hardwood flooring you’ll likely look at color, patterns and feel. But it’s important to remember that wood floors can be made up of various types of wood that all come with their own degrees of durability. Cherry, maple and oak tend to be better alternatives for durability while pine has a softer surface tension. Our team of professionals will be able to guide you towards the perfect combination between looks and durability, based on the location the wood floors will be installed in and estimated traffic.
How to repair surface, deep, or cosmetic scratches?
Surface scratches on hardwood flooring are fairly common and they penetrate the finish and remove part of the stain; however, surface scratches do not penetrate into the hardwood. In order to repair a surface hardwood scratch, use a stain marker to apply stain and continue until the color is repaired and matches the rest of the floor. When dry, reapply the finish using a small brush.
Deep scratches are considerably more difficult to repair and we recommend always leaving them to professionals. They require sanding, and removing the damaged area, thus causing uneven surfaces and differences in texture. As hardwood flooring specialists, we use techniques that repair deep scratches and restore the affected area very well.
Cosmetic scratches are the easiest to take care of. They represent damage to the finish only and not to the rest of the hardwood. Most scratches can be easily repaired using a small brush to apply more finish.