home improvement


Question by  Latha (264)

What can I do about scratches in pine wood floors?

Do I have to strip the entire floor surface, or can I just do spot touch-ups where the scratches are?


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

You can do touch ups if you use the appropriate paint but it may look unprofessional. If it is really bad then I suggest stripping the entire floor surface for an even look.


Answer by  Jessie124 (1885)

If the floors are finished, it is most likely the polyurethane that is scratched. If that's the case, and it's only a small area, use steel wool to sand and then brush on polyurethane. You can also use mineral spirits, but make sure you only use a small amount.


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

I have found that a dab of Old English Oil can do wonders for the scratch. The oil blends in with the color of the floor. Make sure you select the color closest to the floor color. I have also new people that used a crayon and melted the wax into the scratch.


Answer by  amtcura66 (1340)

You could use wood putty but if the scratches are really bad then you should consider fixing that area with a different method.


Answer by  Rogbog (203)

Pine wood flooring is usually referred to has hardware flooring. But in actually, it is very soft and can scratch very easily. Scratches can be repaired by sanding these with very fine sandpaper. Do this until the scratches disappear. Next apply a very light coat of stain which match the existing floor color.


Answer by  cathy (39)

For scratches in soft wood flooring, such as Pine, before sanding or stripping the whole floor try taking a very small painters brush and apply a few coats of floor finish. Allow each coat to dry before reapplying. If that doesn't work, you may want to try a coat of oil or water based urethane.


Answer by  Aya (797)

If the scratches are not too deep (not into the actual wood) try to polish them; you can also use glass repair or car scratch repair kits to make them less visible.

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