Repairing Your Wooden Floor
If you maintain your floor well, you should not find yourself in a situation where you need to perform repairs. Mats placed at external doors and felt pads on your furniture will protect your floor and extend the life of it. But accidents do happen. If you do need to do any repairs, there are often simple solutions to make your floor look as good as new again.
Laminate flooring has a very tough top layer that should prevent most scratches and staining. If you wish to repair a scratch on a laminate floor, Green Apple sells an ingenious repair kit from Quick-step Flooring called Quick Step Mix & Fix. This kit contains repair paste, a spatula and two bottles of pigment to allow you to get the perfect colour to match your floor.
Sometimes damage can be more severe. If, for example, a heavy item of furniture has been dragged across the floor and left deeper scratches. Because laminate flooring is so simple to lay, it would be very easy to take part of the floor up and replace damaged boards if required.
Lacquered Wood Flooring
A small amount of wear can really add to the character of a lacquered floor, giving it an aged look that can be beautiful in itself, but if you wish to disguise small scratches, this can be achieved using wood coloured putty. For larger areas of damage the floor surface can be sanded back and re-finished giving the whole area a new lease of life. This should only need to be done rarely, but should be undertaken by a professional to get a perfect finish.
Small dents can sometimes be taken care of by covering with a dampened cloth and pressing with an electric iron to draw the fibres up, but this should be done with caution.
Oiled Wood Flooring
Oiled wood flooring is very easy to repair as day-to-day damage is normally taken care of during the periodic oiling with a product such as Osmo Polyx Oil. However, if an area is particularly worn or stained, it can be lightly sanded back to remove the damage before re-oiling to refresh the board. The repaired board will blend in nicely with the surrounding floor.