Bob Vila suggests using wax or acrylic floor polish to conceal light scratches in hardwood flooring. As an alternative, Vila suggests applying a product specifically designed to renew the wood such as Hardwood Floor Reviver from Minwax. Clean the floor thoroughly before applying. Sanding the floor is not necessary, although the product needs to be applied again every few months. Never use on wood laminate or factory-finished flooring.Know More
Vila suggests using a stain to fix scratches that are so deep that they reach bare wood. Apply a traditional wood stain in a matching color with a small brush or a cotton swab. Wipe up any excess stain before it dries completely. Stain markers and blending pencils in an array of colors are also available at hardware stores or home improvement centers to fix this type of scratch.
Vila suggests using a pre-colored latex wood filler for a deep gouge. Apply the filler with a plastic putty knife, the tool least likely to cause further damage to the floor surface. Use fine-grit sandpaper to level the floor surface after the wood filler has completely dried. Apply varnish thinned with 10 percent or 20 percent turpentine over the now filled, deep gouge.Learn more about Cleaning
Unsealed hardwood floors require special attention when cleaning. Avoid using water, which can cause the unsealed wood to swell, buckle and crack.Full Answer >
Most of the time, caring for hardwood floors means using a dust mop or vacuum to remove any dirt that is tracked into a home. Occasionally, these floors require deep cleaning. Use a hardwood approved cleaner, a sponge mop and a bucket to remove the buildup of dirt, grime and oil.Full Answer >
Remove shallow dents from hardwood floors by steaming them out. For deeper dents, apply a filler to level out the area. As heat can discolor some types of finishes, you may need to refinish the steamed out dent and the surrounding area to match.Full Answer >
The Do It Yourself Network suggests using tea to put a shine on hardwood floors; the tannic acid within creates a beautiful shine. Steep two teabags in boiling water for several minutes, then while the tea cools, sweep or vacuum the hardwood floor. Place the tea in a bucket, and dip a soft cleaning cloth into the solution. Squeeze out the cloth until it is damp, and wash the floor.Full Answer >