Easily Fix Scratches on Hardwood Floors

I love having hardwood floors. We have them in every room, but the kitchen and bathroom, and they are generally very easy to keep clean. Besides vacuuming and mopping the only other maintenance I do is to fix the occasional small scratch. Our house was bank owned before we bought it and besides painting all the walls and putting in a new kitchen, they refinished the hardwood floors. The day we closed on the house they were shiny and perfect, but the day after we moved in they had several large scratches from trying to move big furniture into small spaces.

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Instead of getting upset (ok, ok…I did get a little upset when it first happened) I used an old trick I’ve used in my other homes with hardwoods. This tip is for scratches that are generally caused from moving furniture and aren’t deep so I have never felt the need to use sand paper.

Easily Fix Scratches on Hardwood Floors | www.chatfieldcourt.com Easily Fix Scratches on Hardwood Floors | www.chatfieldcourt.com After I make sure the floor is clean and vacuumed I take a cotton swab and dip it into some polyurethane (you will want to make sure that the finish of you poly matches your floor, I’m using clear satin on mine). A little bit goes a long way.

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I usually work in small sections at a time and place my little step stool over the spot until it dries. That’s it. Scratch be gone!

Remember to protect your beautiful wood floors and put felt pads on the legs of moveable furniture and rubber pads on furniture that you don’t want to move.

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This tip is really good for small scratches that aren’t too deep. If you have a large area that needs work, it’s probably best to rent a sander and refinish it or call a professional floor refinisher.

Have you ever tried this to fix scratches on a hardwood floor? Do you have any useful tips to fix scratches?

My daughter is visiting from California for a few days so I’ll be off spending as much time with her as I can. 🙂 Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend and if you are traveling…safe travels to you.

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  1. Thursday,August 28, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    Kristi, I think I will need more than a swab to fix my scratches from 40 years of wear! LOL We will need to refinish the dining room floor. The rest of the house still looks pretty good!

    Enjoy your time with your daughter, I will be having a sleepover with my grandson and just busy next week since I’m off from work! Yay!!!

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 29, 2014 / 1:54 am

      40 years is a long time for a floor MJ. And yes, you probably need more than a swab. 😉

      I hope you enjoy your sleepover and your well deserved time off. Thanks so much for stopping by today.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 12:53 pm

      LOL…Thanks Deb!

  2. Shirlee
    Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 9:14 pm

    That’s a great idea and obviously does the trick for small scratches. Our floors are in need of a good refinishing but we didn’t have the funds to do so prior to moving in last winter. Nice that the bank did that for your home.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 11:49 pm

      It does help with smaller scratches…too bad there wasn’t an easier, and quicker, way to refinish a floor. I hear that it’s unusual for a bank to do so much work to a house, although there was plenty that they didn’t do, and I’m very grateful that they did. Thanks so much for your visit and comment.

  3. Wednesday,September 10, 2014 / 8:32 am

    Hi Kristi,
    This was a very helpful post and I pinned it for future reference. After each of my children moved out we discovered several surface scratches on their bedroom floors. I’ve been hiding them with rugs but not anymore – thanks!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,September 11, 2014 / 1:14 am

      Hi Marie! Thanks so much for stopping by and for pinning. So glad that this was helpful to you and your floors can go bare now. 😉

  4. John Reich
    Thursday,February 19, 2015 / 11:12 am

    As long as we are talking about something larger than small scratches, my floor guy told me to just bite the bullet and have the floors resanded and sealed. That costs money but you need to protect your investment of your hardwood floors. Once you do that, monitor the wear of the finish to make sure nothing is breaking through to the wood. It costs much less money to refinish a floor than to sand each time. And most hardwood floors can only take so many sandings. We also went through all of the furniture and added felt pads on the legs, etc. so that they would slide if accidently moved and not scratch.
    Love the tip about fixing small scratches. 😀

    • Kristi
      Friday,February 20, 2015 / 4:35 am

      You are so right about having your floors resanded and sealed for large areas. Hardwood floors are a great addition to any home but it’s so important to take proper care of them. Thanks so much for sharing you tips John, and for stopping in.


  5. Alan
    Thursday,May 19, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Tung oil works better for clear varnish scratch repair. It does not leave a noticeable edge, so you can treat larger areas and you can rub it on with a rag or brush and even apply more than one coat and it is durable. Minwax also makes excellent tinted scratch repair pens which you apply, wait a minute and wipe off, but it is a thin coating, good only for small spots.
    Now, if you had just used stick on protector pads for your furniture legs when you moved in….

    • Kristi
      Thursday,May 19, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks so much for the tips on other products to use on a hardwood floor. We actually did use pads on the furniture legs when we moved in but we had a lot of people helping and, well…things happen.

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