A Do-It-Yourself guide to repairing scratches

With the use of the right technique you can wipe of scratches from the surface of your hard wood floor with minimum effort. Most cosmetic scratches can be tackled by employing a process known as a pad and recoat. It involves the use of a buffer to scuff sand the floor followed by the application of a wood finish.

Buffers are easily available in the home repairs and maintenance section of most departmental stores. Once you finish buffing you need to apply a coat of polyurethane stain followed by a second coat on the affected surface. While you need to wait for at least 8 hours before you recoat oil based stain, most water based stains can be recoated after 3 hours.

There a number of ways in which you can conceal minor scratches. For starters, you can fix surface scratches by using a stain filled marker. For a more stubborn scratch, apply a little paste wax and polish with a soft cloth. You can also use walnuts to fix scratches by rubbing shelled nuts on the affected surface. The oil of the nuts released while rubbing masks the scratches. For deep rooted scratches you may need to roughen up the area with extra fine sandpaper and complete the repair job by staining the wood with a paintbrush.

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