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How to Fix a Scratch on a Hardwood Floor

how to fix a scratch on a wood floor

Need to fix a scratch? Scratched wood flooring doesn’t always require a complete re-sand and refinish.

A deep scratch often comes from moving heavy objects across the floor. It can also develop from forgetting to put felt protectors on furniture legs.

Overtime, the normal use of that furniture and the slight movements it makes may leave very deep scratches in the wood flooring.

Mixing various colors of wax to match your floor is a quick and simple solution to these deep scratches. Keep reading for a step by step tutorial about how to fix a scratch on a wood floor.

Tools Needed:

  • Wax
  • Soldering Iron
  • Wirebrush
  • Metal scraper
  • Markers
  • Optional – Wire brush (if floor has wirebrushed texture)

Step 1 – Choose wax and markers to match the floor

Pick out a color or two that matches the floor. Having a couple options will give you the chance to blend the colors together or layer them to create a better match.

Step 2 – Apply wax to scratch

Heat up soldering iron and prepare your wax. Once heated, use the iron to melt the wax on the scratch. Let cool.

Step 3 – Scrape off excess

Use a scraper to remove excess wax. If the floor is wirebrushed, use a brush to lightly recreate the texture. Wipe off any remaining wax with a rag.

Step 4 – Add extra color with markers

To help the scratch blend in better, use marker to add color to the scratch. Use brush or rag to lightly blend in the marker.

And voila – your scratch is fixed! Be sure to look at it when standing and from different angles. Typically, a scratch is less noticeable from a standing height. If it’s still not to your liking, think through if it’s the color or texture that’s making it noticeable. You can add another layer color or you can brush off more wax to blend it in better.


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