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Hardwood flooring is beautiful and luxurious, and can make any dull room look dazzling. Most legitimate hardwood floors are made of solid wood, and can be very durable, able to withstand a lot of foot traffic and the movement of furniture such as chairs sliding along the floor. Sometimes hardwood floors can get damaged, and this can be unsightly. Often it begins with a small nick or scratch, but over time as the finish wears off, the damage becomes much more noticeable.
Repairing any kind of markings on a wood floor can be done yourself, with just a few simple steps. There are other forms of wood floor blemishes, including buckling, dents, warping and other issues that require more than just a quick cosmetic fix. For problems such as this, you’ll most likely need to replace a section of the floor. Simply find the matching hard wood that your floor is made of, cut it to fit the area that needs to be replaced. Pull out the old hardwood flooring very carefully, and check the underneath for any damage. Padding or other materials might need to be replaced as well, especially if the damage was water related. Insert the new flooring into the same spot, and use a mallet to fit it into place or a nail gun to secure the section down.
For small scratches and scuffs, repair is much easier. Simply find the right colour wood putty, and fill in the scuffs with it. Smooth the wood putty out using sandpaper once it has completely dried so that it is smooth and level with the rest of the floor. You might need to apply a clear coat of finish or sealant to the area as well so that it stays protected and so it blends in with the rest of the floor. If the scratch is too deep, the help of a professional floor refinishing service might be necessary. Use your own discretion when it comes to making repairs to hard wood floors. Fortunately, most problems can be fixed and will not require the entire floor to be replaced, but instead can be done a small portion at a time. Keep in mind that some repairs might only last a short time, and may have to be redone in a few years as the floor suffers regular wear.
Submitted by Jason Ashby, UKFD