Hardwood floors are lush and elegant; in the magazine. In real life they can be a hassle to keep scratches down to a minimum. When scratches occur, they can ruin finishes, gouge the wood or even worse-begin to develop cracks. Taking care of scratches right away can make a big difference and help prevent further damage from occurring.
Re-Urethane It Just like a boy scout, it’s always good to be prepared. Being prepared for an emergency repair that is. By keeping a small can of polyurethane underneath of the sink, you can save yourself a trip to the garage when quick scuff repairs are needed. It’s a great quick fix for a broken dish pock mark on hardwood flooring in the kitchen.
To quick fix with urethane floor sealer, get the can from under the sink, give it a good shake, then open it up with a flat head screw driver. Take an old dish towel, (one you keep handy just for this) and dip it into the urethane. Wipe the excess off on the side of the container, then wipe a bit directly onto the scratch. Make sure the scratch is well cleaned before you dab on some urethane to any hardwood floor.
Re-Sand It If your hardwood floor has some significant scuff marks, pocks, pits or holes, or just more damage than a little rag under than sink can handle, then you probably need to re-sand your hardwood floor. Don’t worry; you probably won’t have to break out the big floor sander. A small belt sander can give big scuffs and scrapes the attention it needs with out getting out the big floor sander; and your wallet.
For quick fix floor sanding, use a medium grit to fine grit depending on the severity of damage to the hardwood flooring. Sand with the grain and well beyond the actual damaged surface, a minimum of 12″ or more. You can sand veneer flooring as well, however don’t get carried away. You can easily sand off the veneer causing you to replace the entire piece!
Re-Stain It Thank goodness for the modern day home improvement stores! Because of a high-demand for consumer based quick-fix hardwood flooring repairs, they now make staining kits available at the majority of their stores and online. Consisting of a glorified sponge mop and strong dye staining formula, these floor staining kits can go a long way when it comes to fixing impossible repairs. Fill any damaged areas first with matching putty, then stain the entire floor a rich dark mahogany and cover any of the old problems forever. Fix it and forget it.