Hardwood Floor Repair

Your Guide to Hardwood Floor Repair

You can take up the task of repairing a hardwood floor all on your own, since it doesn't require any specialized skills. Let's take a look at various solutions that you can use while fixing a damaged hardwood floor.
Hardwood flooring is an extremely popular choice because of several advantages. Firstly, it is highly durable and lasts for several years. Due to its versatility, it can be used both in homes as well as commercial premises. Its unique natural texture adds warmth and beauty to any interior. It does not require much care and maintenance. Like any other flooring, this too is subjected to regular wear and tear as result of scratches, cracks, and other forms of damage. All these problems can be tackled with some simple methods of hardwood floor repair.

Scratches
Hardwood floors that have scratches are easy to get rid of. For this, you have to purchase a floor repair kit from the local hardware store. This kit contains a number of color cards; select the card with a series of color matches that go with the hardwood flooring. The color of the card has to be activated with the help of an activating solution provided with the kit. Then apply the color over the scratches using a painter's brush. Similarly, you can use colored wax crayons that are made specially for hardwood surfaces to cover up nasty scratch marks.

Cracks or Splits
Usually, cracks develop on a hardwood surface when it becomes excessively dry. If the gap is too wide, then it can be narrowed down with the help of angled nails. The small crack is then filled with latex wood caulk―insert the pointed tip of the caulk applicator into the crack and seal the open space with the caulk compound. If any of falls on other parts of the flooring, wipe it off immediately with the help of a damp piece of cloth. Otherwise, if it is left to dry, it will be a tough task to take it out of the hardwood surface. If the size of the crack is too large, then buy a wood putty material which is color-consistent with the finish of the flooring. Use a putty knife to apply it into the cracked parts so that the gap is completely concealed; let it dry. Any excess substance around it should be wiped away.

Plank Replacement
When a plank of the hardwood flooring has suffered severe damage, then it has to be replaced with a new one. The most challenging part of this repair job is to select a hardwood material that is similar in quality and texture to the existing one. If you have some spare boards of flooring material in your home, then you wouldn't have to worry at all. Otherwise, cut a section of the plank and visit a home improvement store to get a suitable match. You can also visit a wood flooring distributor and place an order as per your requirement and they will help you to get the exact material.

Once you have procured the hardwood material, you can start the repair job. Take a circular saw and cut the damaged portion of the floor boards lengthwise, starting from the center, and the moving downwards. Pry the separated part of the wood with the help of a chisel and hammer. Now measure the length of the area where the new planks have to be placed. Cut the new plank with the help of a circular saw as per that measurement. Then sand the edges and bottom of the boards which will enable it fit snugly into the flooring. Now place each of the new planks one by one in the right place and affix them with the help of flooring nails. Cover up all the nail heads by using wood putty.

Let's suppose that the new planks do not blend properly with the old, then you should give a new finish to the flooring so that it gets an even and consistent look. If you've repaired a larger area, then it is advisable to finish the entire floor replacement process. First, sand the floor with the help of a sander to completely strip the existing finish of the floor; stains and sealants will then need to be applied.

If you hire a professional to perform the hardwood floor repair, it could cost you an arm and a leg. You can save a lot of money by doing it yourself. You can prevent the hardwood from experiencing damage in the future, by using proper floor cleaning techniques. Keep the floor free from dirt and grit to avoid scratches, and instead of using harsh soaps, use floor cleaners that are specifically made for hardwood floor. Do not use a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar attachment for this type of flooring.
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