Hardwood Flooring in Sandy Springs, GA from Great American Floors

How to Remove Scratches from Hardwood Floors?

Hardwood floors elevate the beauty and value of any home. But with everyday wear and tear, they can develop scratches that detract from their luster. The good news is that many scratches, depending on their severity, can be repaired at home using a variety of techniques. 


Assessing the damage

The first step is to assess the extent of the scratch. Minor scratches are typically surface-level and may appear as faint white lines along the wood grain. Deeper scratches can gouge the wood itself, revealing a different colored underlayer.


Here's how to determine the depth of the scratch:

  • Run your fingernail across the scratch. If your nail catches on the scratch, it's considered deep.
  • Examine the scratch under bright light. A deeper scratch will have a more defined shadow.


Once you've identified the depth of the scratch, you can choose the most appropriate repair method.


DIY solutions for minor scratches

For minor scratches that don't penetrate the wood grain, several DIY solutions can effectively restore the appearance of your hardwood floors.


Walnut magic

Believe it or not, a simple walnut can work wonders on superficial scratches. The natural oils in walnuts can help fill and conceal minor imperfections. Rub the scratch with the meaty part of a walnut, applying gentle pressure. Buff the area with a soft cloth to remove any residue and even out the shine.


Olive oil and vinegar solution

Another natural remedy for minor scratches involves a mixture of olive oil and vinegar. Combine equal parts white vinegar and olive oil to create a paste. Apply the paste to the scratch using a soft cloth and buff it in a circular motion. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before wiping it clean with a damp cloth.


Furniture polish and wax sticks

Furniture polish can help mask minor scratches and restore shine. Apply a small amount of polish to a soft cloth and buff the affected area. For slightly deeper scratches, colored wax sticks designed for wood repair can be used. Choose a wax stick that closely matches the color of your floor. Rub the wax stick over the scratch to fill it in, and then buff the area with a soft cloth to remove any excess.


Refinishing for deeper scratches

For extensive scratches or heavily damaged areas, refinishing the entire floor may be necessary. This process involves sanding down the entire floor surface, applying a new stain (if desired), and sealing it with a protective finish. While more involved, refinishing can significantly restore the beauty and lifespan of your hardwood floors.


Keeping your hardwood floors looking their best

Regular maintenance is key to preventing scratches and keeping your hardwood floors looking their best. 


Use protective floor mats at high-traffic areas.

  • Trim your pet's nails regularly.
  • Clean spills promptly to prevent liquids from seeping into the wood and causing deeper damage.
  • Consider placing area rugs in high-traffic areas.


By following these tips and addressing scratches promptly, you can ensure your hardwood floors remain a beautiful and durable feature of your home.


Breathe new life into your hardwood floors with Great American Floors!

For scratches beyond the scope of DIY solutions, or if your hardwood floors require a more comprehensive restoration, Great American Floors is here to help. Our team of experienced flooring professionals can assess the damage and recommend the most appropriate repair method for your floors.


At our showroom in Sandy Springs, GA, we proudly serve the greater Atlanta area, including Sandy Springs, Roswell, Dunwoody, Norcross, Marietta, and Alpharetta. We offer a wide range of hardwood floor refinishing services to restore the beauty and value of your floors.


Don't let scratches diminish the elegance of your hardwood floors. Contact us today for a consultation and quote. We'll help you breathe new life into your floors and keep them looking stunning for years to come!