Your customers have likely come to you at some point or another horrified over scratches in their hardwood floors. They want to know: how can we get them out? Well, there are a few ways, some invasive with a big time commitment and others are easy solutions that don’t take much time or effort. It all depends on what kind of wood it is and the nature of the scratch.
When selling or installing hardwood floors, you probably tell your customers at the point of purchase that the best way to prevent scratches in the first place is to attach pads underneath the legs of chairs and tables. While that works in theory, over time, those pads tend to slip off and scratching ensues anyway. This is a good start, but encourage people to get custom padding that’s cut to fit the exact parameters of the furniture to avoid slippage. Other ways to stop scratches before they start:
Many contractors and homeowners attempt to disguise hardwood floor scratches with repair kits. However, in many cases this can void the warranty on a pre-finished floor so you may want to think twice. That’s because most manufacturers’ warranties do not cover scratches. That’s where you as a contractor or sales professional come in. It’s your job to explain proper floor maintenance, along with everything that is and isn’t covered under their manufacturer’s warranty. If the scratch has penetrated so much that it exposes bare wood, use a stain marker or blending pencil in the same shade of stain as the wood. A variety of tones are available at most hardware stores and retail flooring stores. Homeowners also have the option to apply a traditional wood stain with a brush.
For deep gouges, apply a pre-colored latex wood filler using a plastic putty knife. Using a putty knife will reduce the chances of damage to the hardwood floor. The use of a fine-grit sandpaper will help smooth out the surface. Finish up with a coat of varnish over the area.
For light scratches, homeowners can apply a wax or acrylic floor polish to mask the scars. However, Bob Vila cautions that over time, these polishes and waxes tend to dull and darken your floors and that coating will eventually need to be removed. This is no easy task that requires the use of powerful cleaning solutions and A LOT of elbow grease. Another option is to apply a specially formulated product to revive the gloss and natural appearance of wood without leaving a film. Just be sure to completely clean the area first and allow plenty of drying time. This solution may need to be applied every few months or at least annually depending on foot traffic.
For more tips on how to remove scratches from hardwood floors, consult the professionals at Adleta, your leading flooring distributor in the Southwest.
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