Even though they’re very tough, it’s inevitable that you’ll have to repair hardwood floors at some point. The most important step when starting hardwood floor repairs is not panicking about the process. It’s probably a bit easier than you think to repair most damage, and even replacing a part of a plank is not a particularly difficult task when compared to the initial hardwood floor installation. The most difficult part of wood flooring repair, in fact, is oftentimes not removing and repairing a plank. It’s usually bit trickier to get the stain on the replacement wood to match the rest of the floor than it is to replace the wood itself. Keep this stain matching process in mind when before you begin the repairs.
How to Repair Hardwood Floors
Any effort to repair hardwood floors should be as non-invasive as possible. For instance, if you simply have a bad scuff, scratches or gouges, it’s better to sand it out and to refinish the surface as normal. This prevents you having to use any power tools, as sanding such a small area can be done with a sanding block. Most often, you’ll want a medium grit sandpaper to affect the repair and a fine grit to ready the wood for finishing again. Redoing the finish is exactly the same process you would use to refinish floors completely, and may involve reapplying the stain; it’s simply a smaller operation. Remember to clean up any sawdust generated while sanding floors prior to staining and sealing.
Complete hardwood flooring restoration for an entire room or house is actually quite easy. You start by simply sanding off the finish with a floor sander and gradually smoothing it with finer grits until it’s restored to its original, natural look. Because the floor will have taken some damage over time, however, you’ll have to do the repair using a few more tools. Wood filler is an important one. Use the wood filler to fill any holes or depressions, sanding it down after it dries.
The Finishing Step
Finishing the floor is the final step in floor repair. Remember to leave the floor to dry for at least 3 days before you place any furniture back in the room. Not too surprisingly, this is not the type of repair that intimidates most people. A cracked or otherwise destroyed plank in the middle of the floor boards is usually what people dread. This type of hardwood floor repair is much easier than you probably think. To fix floors that need a plank replaced, first remove the plank by cutting it in the middle with a circular saw then gently lifting it out of the floor, being careful not to damage the subfloor.
To situate the replacement plank, cut the tongue off of the board and simply tack it down as you normally would. The repair process is not quite as hard as it may seem, but it does take some skill with stain to repair the wood floors in a way that’s undetectable. Don’t fret too much about wood that seems lighter than the planks that surround it. Over time, all floors will take some damage, but the fact that it is relatively easy to repair a hardwood floor makes a solid wood floor an even more desirable flooring option in the home.