Hardwood Floor Care – Tending to Scratches

Your gorgeous hardwood floors bring a warmth and elegance to your home. They are revered by guests, adored by you, but they do have a common enemy — the dreaded scratch.

Scratches can occur from a variety of sources, including furniture, children’s toys, your dog’s toenails and everyday dirt and grit brought in from the outside.  When those scratches begin to detract from the floor’s beauty, it’s time to take some action.

Removing Scratches from Hardwood Floors

For small surface scratches, simply clean with soft cloth and a dusting spray. Wipe in direction of scratch to remove.

To remove light scratches, use a fine steel wool pad and rub with the wood grain along the length of the scratch. Do not rub against the grain. When the scratch is gone, rub with mineral spirits.

Touch up markers or sticks, which are available in a multitude of colors, also work well on some light scratches.

For deep and excessive scratching, a flooring professional specializing in hardwood floor refinishing is your best bet to have your floors returned to their original glory.

Tips for Avoiding Scratches in Your Wood Floors

There are a few simple ways to avoid scratches to your hardwood floors.

  • Place doormats by all exterior doors to catch grit and dirt, a major cause of scratched hardwood floors.
  • Have your dog’s nails clipped regularly.
  • Regularly sweep or vacuum (without the rotating brush activated).
  • Place protective felt pads underneath furniture.

Hardwood floors are an investment that need to be cared for properly so you’re assured years of joy from this classic, timeless flooring. If you have any questions about removing scratches or are in need of hardwood floor refinishing, contact us today moved here.

This is one of a series of articles written and published  on behalf of Stone and Tile PRO Partners.