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Getting Dents and Scratches out of Hardwood Floors

A few months ago I went to the National Home Builder's Show with the Renovate Your World team to get a feel for new products on the market. While there, we met with the group from Lumber Liquidators to see their hardwood flooring displays. I didn't need new floors at the time, but was in the process of selling my condo with three years of wear and tear on its beautiful oak hardwoods. There were definitely some scratches and dents I needed to fix -- or cover up with carpet.

I happen to mention this to John Jakob, the Director of Merchandising, who was showing me around. And he turns to me and says he has a trick for my knicks -- wax paper and an iron!

I have to tell you that I just tried his technique and it's pretty good (see the before and after pic)! Here's what you do:
1. Warm up your iron to high heat.
2. Tear off a piece of wax paper to cover your dent. Place over the scratch.
3. Place a towel over the paper and start ironing the towel. Use pressure and go over it a few times.
4. Lift up towel and paper and see how it looks. Mine is definitely less noticeable.

Do you have any tricks for your hardwood floors? Getting out stains, scratches -- or preventing them? Tell us!


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08/30/2010 12:45 PM glenzel

I assume this works with floors with a wax finish. Or will it work with hardwoods with a polyurethane finish as well?

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06/01/2012 12:06 AM evolutionvirag

Is there exist a video relating to this kind of technique?

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04/04/2014 02:28 AM judyfholmes

U repair my dents and scratches by using sand paper wood putty and floor paint. You repair a dent on flooring by first scrubbing the dent using a piece of sand paper material. Fill the dent with wood pieces or you can use wood putty. Make sure the dent filled is on the same level with the floor. Finally, paint the dent using the same color paint of your floor. I have bought my Wooden flooring from here- https://plus.google.com/106323115684925403520

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