How To Remove Scratches On Wooden Floors

Here we have created a step-by-step process on how to remove scratches on wooden floors and also how to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Engineered wood and hardwood floors can be an excellent addition to any commercial or domestic space. They’re easy to clean, and maintain and look extremely aesthetically pleasing when looked after properly.

They’re also incredibly durable and resilient compared to other floorings. If however the dreaded does happen and you notice scratches or indentations appearing on your flooring, don’t worry we have a solution. 

Step 1: Determine the Cause of The Damage

Do you know what caused the scratches in the first place? This is a good place to start as you don’t want it to happen again straight after you’ve had them fixed.

Common causes of scratches to wooden flooring include:

  • Dirt, grit, and stones traipsed across the flooring
  • Moving of furniture
  • Pets claws

Step 2: Minor Scratches or Deeper Scratches

We would then recommend assessing the full extent of the damage. Superficial scratches that have not penetrated below the protective coating on the top, may only need minimal treatment, such as a clean application of the treatment, and then buffing. 

However, minor scratches that have penetrated below the protective coating on top, will need similar treatment to the above with the addition of a light sanding too, followed by the application of treatment and buffing.

Major scratches to engineered wood, hardwood, and parquet flooring will be a bit more complex. This will require completely re-sanding the flooring, filling in any indents and then applying the finish of choice to the flooring.

Step 3: Dustless Sanding

You may be wondering how to fix scratches on wood floors without sanding. This is often because sanding is considered to be a messy process. Well not anymore! 

At Sussex Floor Restoration we use the latest floor sanding machines to achieve a 98% dustless finish. This can be achieved for oak floor sanding, sanding parquet flooring, and any other hardwood or engineered wood.

The sander is applied to the scratched area. This removes the finish to the top layer and smooths out the scratch. 

For deeper scratches or indents, sand collected during the sanding process will be mixed with the wood filler and then applied to the floor. This allows the filler to match well with the original flooring. 

Step 4: Apply a Finnish

The chosen finish is then applied to the wooden flooring. This can include oil, wax, lacquer, or a water-based finish. 

By applying a finish to your flooring, you can also change the complete look of the flooring too. For example, changing the colour from light to dark wood floors.

To protect your health, the finishes used at Sussex Floor Restoration are all eco-friendly and low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). This ensures that your finish contains no harmful side effects from inhalation before applying it to your flooring.

Step 5: Prevent The Damage from Occurring In The First Place

We’ve created a blog called “Wood Floor Damage Repair in Sussex” to shield your flooring from future damage. We hope you find it useful.

How To Remove Scratches On Wooden Floors – Sussex Flooring Restoration Can Help! 

If you are based in Sussex and are interested in having your wooden floor repairs and refinishes completed by us, please call us on 01444 810505, or email us at, and we can discuss the different options available.

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