Fixing Scratches and Gaps On Wooden Floors
1. Camouflage scratches – to hide the minor scratches of your wooden floor use crayons and sharpen pens, just make sure to use crayons and pens that match the colour of your floor. If you don’t have matching pens and crayons, don’t be afraid to mix colours until you get the right tone. Wax sticks are another way to conceal scratches on your floor. Even more wax sticks contains urethane which is a type of floor finish that will protect the damaged floor area from future harms.
2. Homemade polish – to remove scratches, dirt build-ups, moisture stains and shine the wood on the same time mix equal parts of vinegar and olive oil. Once the mixture is ready, pour a small amount of it on the problematic area and let it sit for a day. After the 24 hours are gone, get a clean cloth and wipe the area clean.
3. Fixing deep scratches – deep scratches are much harder to fix. One way to fix such damages is to sand the area with lightweight sandpaper until the area surround the scratch gets even with it. Then apply some wood filler on the area and wait for a couple of minutes. To spread evenly the wood filler use a plastic putty knife. This way you will avoid making new unwanted scratches. Continue by applying polyurethane on the area using a special spatula in order to prevent the appearance of any air bubbles in the floor finish. If originally your floor was finished with a product different than polyurethane, then you should use the same product.
4. Fixing old gaps – strangely old gaps are easier to fix then deep scratches. To fix the gaps on your floor use coloured wood putty to fill the gaps. Another option is to cut several narrow bands of wood and glue them it into the gaps.
If you don’t have the time to fix your floor, you can always hire a professional company that offer wood floors installation based services. When it comes to wood flooring London have some of the best companies in the country.