Hardwood flooring is hard and turns your home into a spectacular showpiece. Though there’s no downside of this flooring, like any other flooring, it also requires specific essential maintenance, to ensure that there’s no damage.
Water is the most significant enemy of a wooden floor. So mopping or vacuuming once a week is vital. However, even if there’s a damage caused by water, you can repair it either by yourself or by hiring professionals.
Let us discuss the DIY methods of repairing your wooden floor, which might have suffered mild or severe damage due to moisture.
Methods to repair wooden floor
Removing water stains
If the stain is mild caused by coffee cups, etc., you can remove it more conveniently. Place a clean cloth on the stain, and move a hot iron over it back and forth. Do it gradually and frequently check to see the status of the stain.
For more significant stains caused by spillovers, sanding will be required. There are many companies expertized in floor sanding in Southampton, who can help you with this process. However, if you want to do sanding yourself, then use a vibrating sander, with 100-grit sandpaper first and then with 150-grit. Vacuum the area and then wipe it with mineral spirits if it’s an oil-based stain or with water if it’s latex stain.
Minor scratches on wooden floors can be smoothened using steel wool. While sanding minor scratches, make sure that you restrict yourself to the scratched area only, feathering as little as possible into the surroundings. And be in line with the wood grain.
Since sanding polyurethane finishes are more complicated, you can try using a scouring pad after dipping it in mineral spirits or a sanding screen.
If paste wax synchronizes with the finish, you can use it for hiding starches. Wood-repair wax sticks are pretty helpful in filling deeper scratches and dents.
A few drops of water can help in raising small cuts – put a few drops on the area and let the wood swell back to its original shape. Then place a thick cloth on the area and apply mild heat using an iron.
For repairing deep gouges and dents, use wood stain and wood floor filler. Tape off the damaged area carefully, before applying the filler – this helps in ensuring that you don’t apply the filler accidentally on any other parts of the floor. Prepare the mixture with equal parts of epoxy-based filler and using a putty knife, apply it to the gouge. Wait till it’s dry, then sand and finishes.
Replacing damaged floor
For severely damaged sections of wooden flooring, you must remove and replace them with new pieces. This involves a lot of technicalities, and thus you must not try it yourself and hire wood flooring experts.