Get Rid Of Dents and Scratches In Your Hardwood Floor

Get Rid Of Dents and Scratches In Your Hardwood Floor

Hardwood flooring retains it's style over time, it's a reason that so many people choose to install it throughout their homes and businesses. Another one of the big advantages of hardwood is that it's very durable. Of course, this isn't saying that hardwood isn't prone to its share of blemishes. After all, anybody who has moved metal furniture legs across hardwood floors knows the type of damage that can be left in the wake.

One of the biggest assets of hardwood floors is that a dent or scratch isn't necessarily a death sentence to the value of your investment. Not only does a little wear and tear actually improve the appeal of hardwood floors in some people's eyes, but most dents and scratches can easily be repaired. Best of all, these blemishes can be repaired as a rather simple DIY job with the following approaches:

Repairing Scratches By Sanding Them Out

NOTE: For an in-depth article on sanding, refinishing and/or replacing your hardwood flooring, including videos, photos, instructions and more, check out 3 Methods for Stained Hardwood Floor Repair. Read now >>


If a scratch is just barely below the surface of the hardwood it can probably be sanded or “buffed” out. You may also just be able to just sand away the polyurethane coating and apply stain to the scratch as a cosmetic fix. If you do sand out the scratch you'll have to blend in stain and apply a protective clear finish to mesh with the rest of the flooring.

Fixing Gouges with Wood Filler

Precolored latex wood filler can be used to repair penetrations in your flooring. The filler is essentially a putty that is applied into the uneven spot, allowed to dry, sanded away to match the existing flooring, and covered with a protective layer of coating such as polyurethane to keep it in place.

Steaming a Dent Out of the Wood

Dents in wood can also be removed with a crafty combination of water and heat. Water is applied to the dent area so that the wood absorbs it and starts to fill out. Applying an iron placed on a paper towel uses heat to speed up the process. After three or four cycles with water an steam the dent should “pop” out and become level with the surface of the floor again. 

Tip to Remember #1 – Protect Your Floors First

While these tips for removing scratches and dents are very successful – they aren't miracle workers. Some scratches and dents either can't be removed or the constant repairing will wear down your floor so it can never be sanded and refinished. Therefore we recommend protecting your hardwood in as many ways as possible including: 

  • Placing doormats near all exterior entrances so that rocks and other debris don't cause scratches.
  • Use protective furniture leg movers whenever rearranging a room.
  • Keep pets nails trimmed or install dog gates to restrict access to rooms with hardwood.

Tip to Remember #2 – Buy Extra Easiklip Flooring for Easier Repairs 

There's another way to repair hardwood flooring and it's arguably the easiest method of all. Easiklip flooring is specifically designed so that it can be clipped in and out instantly (it's right in our name!). It might not even be worth it to fill in scratches and gouges with wood putty, conceal them with stain, or use heat to pull out a dent when you can replace  the flooring in a second.

This is a surefire way to fix the damages and it helps make your floor look like new so make sure to order extra Easiklip flooring for any and all repairs down the line – because you never know! 


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