floors can get messed up
in so many ways and despite the fact that most of them come with a
40 years” sticker next to them, they rarely get the chance to
light so many
candles on the cake, mainly because a lot of external factors intervene
health of your flooring.
Sure, if your house would be a perfectly void
environment where people rarely use the floor, keeping your current
floor for 40 years wouldn’t be a problem, but seeing how
you’ll most likely be
moving furniture, walking all over the place, dropping stuff on the
the likes, bad stuff WILL happen to your hardwood floor.
But replacing your floor complete
is often not the best way to work around the problem, either because
expensive, too much work and discomfort, or simply because
After all, even if you have money pouring from a faucet in the wall,
probably still wouldn’t replace your 1 year old hardwood
floor just because you
dropped something on it and it left a few scratches. This is when
to repair hardwood floors really starts paying off.
The thing with repairing hardwood
floors is that you don’t have a magical formula to fix all
problems. Each of
the problems that may occur with your floor need to be tackled
for the most part, using a specific hardwood floor repair technique.
There are plenty of reasons why you would want to learn how to repair
hardwood floors but ultimately, the hard part is actually rising up to
the task. Restoring hardwood floors can be easy if you make it so, but
don’t think everything will run smooth from your first tries,
just because you read some hardwood enthusiast bragging about doing the
same on his blog.
- Scratches – smaller scratches are easy to
cope with and you can use a simple color putty stick to handle them.
Just clean the scratch thoroughly, apply the stick over the damage and
- Gouges – gouges are essentially scratches
that went the extra mile. A gouge won’t be covered up by the
magical putty stick and you’ll need some wood filler that
matches your floor’s color.
- Gaps – gaps usually form after a while,
when the hardwood floor’s panels drift apart slightly. Gaps
can be tightened down using a special tool, but usually they tend to be
overlooked unless they’re really a problem (for example when
you can fit a dime between your panels, you know you have a
- Buckling planks – planks buckle upwards
from exactly the opposite reason that gaps form. Gaps form because wood
shrinks when it dries out, but when it gets in touch with water, it
So if you live in a humid area or if you drop water
floor, your hardwood planks will buckle up creating discomfort and
possibly a dangerous trap in the floor. You can work around this
problem by applying a weight over the buckled area for a couple of days.
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