Many houses have wooden floors and as pretty as wooden floors are, they are also difficult to protect. Scuffs, dents, stains and more can ruin a beautiful floor. No matter how careful you are, stuff happens that will cause damage to your floor. Luckily there are many tricks to repairing and protecting a wooden floor. Many of those tricks are inexpensive and easy.
The easiest way to make a wooden floor looking nice is to prevent the damage in the first place. One easy way to protect the wooden floor is to remove your shoes in the house. Rubber soles of shoes and dirt from outside can put marks on the floor. If you do not like to be barefoot, get a pair of slippers. A cheap pair of house shoes is far less expensive than a new floor. Another good trick is to use a dry mop at least once a week. Dirt, dust, hair and other debris can get into the pores of the wood and cause damage. Also, mop the floor with something nonabrasive. Vinegar is one of the best items to use as a wooden floor cleaner. Vinegar is nonabrasive, non toxic and the smell fades quickly and isn’t as strong as ammonia. Lastly, invest in some mats and area rugs. These will protect the floor from scuffs and look attractive.
No matter how careful you are with your floor, it will still get scratches at some point. Luckily, there are some simple ways to fix scratches. Which of these 2 methods you should use depends upon how deep the scratch goes into the floor.
The first method is to be used when the scratch is only on the varnish and not all the way to the wooden floor. To take care of scratched to the varnish, just add more varnish. First, use a steel wool scrubber to remove the varnish on a directly around the scratch. Be careful that you do not scratch the actual wood. Next, clear any dust made from scrubbing the varnish. Now add a thin layer of polyurethane varnish. Make sure that the layer of the varnish is painted evenly. Leave the varnish to dry for about 4 hours. When you come back after 4 hours, use a fine piece of sandpaper to just barely buff and dull the new varnish. Apply a second layer of varnish and leave the area foot traffic free for at least 24 hours.
The second method is to be used when the scratch reaches all the way to the wooden floor. Just like with the first method, use a steel wool scrubber to clear away the varnish directly in that area. Make sure you also use the steel pad to clean any dirt and crud out of the scratch. Clear the dust and debris from the floor before continuing. With a putty knife, fill the gouge fill the crack with stainable wood putty. Make sure to use enough putty so that it is a little higher than the floor as you will be sanding the putty down. Let the putty dry over night. The next day, sand the putty down and add wood stain that is the same color as the floor. Let the floor stain dry for 4 hours. Finally paint some polyurethane floor varnish and leave the floor to dry for 24 hours before walking on that area.
Wooden floors can be as hard to maintain as they are beautiful. However, with a little diligence and no how you can have lovely wooden floors to enjoy in your home.