Wood Floor Repair Basics

Homeowners who are handy with tools and are comfortable working with their hands can repair wooden flooring themselves.

Newly-installed wood flooring looks very stylish. It is generally resilient as well. However, you cannot avoid occasional scratching, burning and loss of original color or deterioration. These situations may call for quick repairs that can be carried out by the owner without any help from outsiders. It is a practical move especially if the problem is not serious. A typical homeowner can do the actual repair by following guidelines and using the appropriate tools. In fact, you can easily transform scratched flooring into one that looks as good as new.

Essential Tools to Use

You must have the basic tools required to fix wood floors such as hammer, wood chisel, drill, saw, carpenter’s square and pry bar. It is also necessary to have ordinary and shank nails, steel wool, sand paper, hand-polish and colored putty sticks. It is easy to remove small abrasions using the putty stick. Simply wipe the dented part with a piece of cloth and rub the stick on that portion. Remove the excess putty for a glossy look. Cigarette burns may be eliminated with a damp steel wool. However, extensive burns can only be taken away with a utility knife. Once the burnt markings are removed, use sand paper to scour that part and apply wax or stain.

Replacement of Damaged Floorboards

Damaged boards on wood flooring need to be replaced. Start by placing a nail deep into the broken portion. Then, mark that area with a carpenter’s square. You can bore holes using a ½ inch drill. Unfasten the broken panel with the pry bar and chisel. Cut out narrow pieces of new wood to plug the area but make sure that it fits perfectly. Put on adhesive to keep the wood in place after installation and hammer 2-inch ring shank nails to finish the task.

Distorted boards are another common problem in cheap wood flooring. Small twists can be remedied easily. However, boards with substantial distortions should be changed immediately.

You can repair this by putting a heavy object such as a block of used coal block on top of that area. However, make sure that the warp is wet before the cinder block is put on top. Remove the block after several days. By this time, the warp should have disappeared. The boards that you will use should be similar in dimensions and installed with the correct screws. Newly-installed boards may require staining or painting to harmonize with the rest of the solid wood flooring.

Clean floorboards using detergent and vacuum the floor to remove dust and dirt. Do not allow the water to drop down between the board since this can cause the flooring to bulge or collapse.

It is also important to take care of shallow scratches on the wood flooring where furniture or appliances have been hauled across the floor and messed up the finish on each side of the floor. Cut off the edges of the affected areas with care making use of a sharp scraping material. Just make sure that it will not dig into the wood.