Bob Vila suggests using wax or acrylic floor polish to conceal light scratches in hardwood flooring. As an alternative, Vila suggests applying a product specifically designed to renew the wood such as Hardwood Floor Reviver from Minwax. Clean the floor thoroughly before applying. Sanding the floor is not necessary, although the product needs to be applied again every few months. Never use on wood laminate or factory-finished flooring.Continue Reading
Vila suggests using a stain to fix scratches that are so deep that they reach bare wood. Apply a traditional wood stain in a matching color with a small brush or a cotton swab. Wipe up any excess stain before it dries completely. Stain markers and blending pencils in an array of colors are also available at hardware stores or home improvement centers to fix this type of scratch.
Vila suggests using a pre-colored latex wood filler for a deep gouge. Apply the filler with a plastic putty knife, the tool least likely to cause further damage to the floor surface. Use fine-grit sandpaper to level the floor surface after the wood filler has completely dried. Apply varnish thinned with 10 percent or 20 percent turpentine over the now filled, deep gouge.Learn more about Cleaning
Wood floors can be sealed with wax, polyurethane, oil or shellac. The choice of sealant depends on the type of wood, whether a sealant has previously been applied and the desired durability of the sealant.Full Answer >
Substitute any liquid acrylic floor polish for Future, including Minwax Polycrylic, Pledge Floor Care Multi-Surface Polish or Glaze-n-Seal. Hobbyists, model builders and crafters may also find old, unopened packages of Future for sale or trade on hobbyist websites.Full Answer >
Boards that rub together cause squeaks in hardwood flooring. The offending boards may be in the subflooring, in the cross braces under the subflooring or in the hardwood itself. Often the hardest part of fixing the squeak is determining its source, according to the New York Times.Full Answer >
For hardwood flooring, customers at home improvement stores give high ratings to Pergo, USFloors and Bruce brands. As of September 2015, Lowe's customers indicate that Pergo and USFloors hardwoods receive compliments from visitors. Home Depot customers indicate that hardwood flooring from Bruce is easy to install and clean.Full Answer >