Hardwood floors are an exquisite addition to any home, but over time, they may develop scratches that can diminish their beauty. Whether from pets, furniture, or everyday foot traffic, scratches are a common issue. The good news is that many scratches can be remedied with the right approach. In this blog post, we’ll explore the best methods to remove scratches from your hardwood floors and restore their natural allure.
Assess the Depth of the Scratches:
Before diving into scratch removal, it’s crucial to determine the depth of the scratches. Surface-level scratches, often called “micro-scratches,” are minor blemishes that affect only the finish. Deeper scratches penetrate the wood itself and make indentions. Identifying the depth will guide your approach.
Cause: Surface scratches or micro-scratches on hardwood floors typically result from the sliding or abrasive action of hard or sharp objects across the surface. This can include furniture legs, pet claws, high heels, or the movement of heavy items.
Characteristics: Scratches are often visible marks on the surface of the wood. They can vary in depth, with some being shallow and affecting only the finish, while others may penetrate deeper into the wood itself.
Repair: Repairing micro-scratches typically involves cleaning the affected area, light sanding to provide mechanical adhesion, and applying matching coat of finish. Depending on the floor layout and location of the scratch, a large section of the floor may need a coat of finish to properly blend the new finish coat. Our clean and coat service is a great solution for this type of scratch.
Deep Scratch (Dent):
Cause: Dents in hardwood floors result from a localized impact or pressure on the wood surface. This can occur when heavy objects are dropped, furniture is dragged, or high-impact force is applied, such as from a sharp object.
Characteristics: Dents appear as depressions or indention in the wood surface. They are often more concentrated and can affect the wood fibers, causing a visible impression in the wood. High heels, sport cleats, dog nails, and refrigerator wheels are all common examples of things that cause indentions in your hardwood floors.
Repair: Repairing hardwood dents can be more challenging than scratches. It may involve filling the dent with wood filler, leveling the filler, and most commonly refinishing the area. In some cases, deep dents may require professional repair or even board replacement. Our refinishing service is the most typical solution this type of repair.
To keep your hardwood floors looking pristine, consider these preventive measures:
- Use furniture pads or felt protectors on the legs of chairs and furniture.
- Place rugs or mats at entry points to trap dirt and debris.
- Keep pet nails trimmed to prevent scratches.
- Avoid high heels or shoes with abrasive soles on hardwood floors.
- Never slide your refrigerator out without using Masonite or an air-sled
In summary, the primary difference between a hardwood scratch and a hardwood dent lies in their causes and characteristics. Scratches result from abrasion or sliding forces and are typically at the surface-level, while dents are the result of localized impact or pressure and involve depressions or indents in the wood. Both types of damage can be repaired, but the repair methods will vary based on the nature and severity of the damage.
Our Commitment To Clients
As flooring professionals, we strive to stay educated on the various flooring systems available on the market. We stay at the forefront of new advancements in the flooring industry through continued education and training courses provided by the National Wood Flooring Association. Our knowledge enables us to educate our clients on the pros and cons of various hardwood solutions. Our job is to listen to our clients and provide solutions that best fit their lifestyles. We provide easy and stress-free installations by staying informed, prioritizing clients’ needs, and setting proper expectations.