August 09, 2021 2 min read

Any hardwood flooring owner will tell you that their flooring is tough—and they’d be right. As far as impact resistance goes, it’s among the strongest flooring types out there, and regular refinishings keep it going steady and sparkling like new for decades on end. However, on the very rare, off-chance that you do put a significant scratch in the flooring, how do you go about fixing it? Do you need to replace the board?

E Hardwoods & Flooring, where you can buy hardwood flooring online, has all the answers below.

Try a Little Elbow Grease

That’s the beauty of solid hardwood flooring: many scratches, even ones that dig past the finish and onto the wood itself, can be completely eliminated with a simple sanding job. Take a fine grain sandpaper and rub out the scratch, being careful not to dig into any nearby finished pieces. Re-stain the offending area, paint a little finish on top, and you’re good to go!

Of course, a similar process can be accomplished by a full-out refinishing job. If your flooring is due for one, it might be a good idea to go this route instead of fighting with each crack one-on-one.

Could Wood Filler Be the Solution?

Provided the damage isn’t too drastic, the best friend of carpenters everywhere can also be of aid to you. Wood filler is a liquid product that mimics the look and feel of real wood. It’s pressed into cracks to fill them. With the extra removed, what was once damaged can look nearly flawless!

It’s well suited for indoor applications and is easy to work with, but keep in mind you must paint a clear finishing coat on top of it when finished.

A Word on Wood Putty

While this stuff is great for outdoor projects and small imperfections, it’s illy-suited for hardwood floors simply because it doesn’t do a good job mimicking them, nor does it harden. Make sure you’re using filler, not putty.

Is the Environment the Problem?

Prefinished hardwood flooring that doesn’t have enough room to expand with increased humidity levels is bound to crack; it doesn’t have anywhere to go! Likewise, if you notice cracks that seemingly come out of nowhere, your solid hardwood flooring might not be able to properly fluctuate with low humidity levels.

Before designating a crack as problematic, consider how the flooring was installed and other environmental factors. Is there a chance that changing those could make the problem go away on its own?

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