Effective Wood Floor Repair | Floor Sanding Experts
This articles sets out the best way to make small home repairs on wood flooring. If the floor has a particular stain or flaw or if a board or two have become damaged or rotted through time, then you can replace these with matched pieces without having to renew the entire floor. However, a time always comes when the floor will require renovation, but you can prolong its life and good looks by ongoing maintenance and regular cleaning.
Scratches, defects and indentations
Scratches, nicks and scores are unfortunately common occurrences in any busy home, although if the blemish has penetrated the finish only it is quite easy to get rid of without too much trouble. To discover how deep a scratch is, a good trick is to apply a little oil (vegetable or sunflower oil work best) to the scratch. If the oil makes the mark vanish but reappear again this is actually good news; it means the scratch is only skin deep and has not reached down to damage the interior of the board.
If the blemish is small and does not gauge deeply into the planks then it can be treated with a non-coloured finishing product that you can apply with a very small brush (the size of a nail varnish applicator is ideal). For the best effect, use the same finishing as was used on the floor overall.
If the indentation is not so big though you could have the option of filling it with wood putty. If you do this though, be sure to clean and dry the area thoroughly and use coloured filler that is as close a match as possible to the colour of the floor. When the putty has completely dried then you need to hand sand it with a fine grade of sandpaper and polish before applying finishing.
Whilst wood floor sanding hates water it is not always the case that water spillage ruins the planks. If water does get onto the floor then clear it up as soon as possible to avoid it seeping between boards and eroding the surface of the wood. If the planks are not badly damaged but are water stained then you can hand sand the affected area before applying oxalic acid to the water stain. If you have never used this effective stain remover before then apply strictly in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines or take advice from the DIY store. When the oxalic acid has done its work you can apply finishing veneer and sealant. Be advised that this will not work if the boards are so water damaged that they have warped or bevelled. In this case the only option is to remove and replace the boards.
Minor damage to the veneer of your floor can be treated by buffing with sandpaper, wiping away residue and applying finish. If the scratch is tiny you can use a cotton bud or a small brush. When completely dry use a lint-free cloth to polish it up to the level of the surrounding floor.