How to fix a hardwood floor scratch
Few things stand out more than a long white scratch in a medium or dark prefinished wood floor.
Many prefinished floors are coated with a urethane finish that contains a mineral called Aluminum Oxide. Although Aluminum Oxide makes the finish incredibly durable and long lasting, if it’s scratched, it will appear white. Which is quite alarming on a dark floor!
When this happens, many people think that the floor needs to be torn up and replaced. While board repairs are the best way to get rid of an obvious scratch, it is not an easy DIY project and can be costly to hire a pro.
If you’re looking for an easier, DIY approach, we recommend repairing the scratch with some simple tools. Using stain and colored markers, along with clear wax can take the white out of the scratch and fill it in to be virtually invisible.
Watch the video above to see the steps for repairing a bright white scratch. See our Amazon list for all the products we used.
Want to learn more about using a hardwood floor repair kit?
Read our guide to wood floor touch ups, and download a checklist of all the things you need to build your own wood floor touch up kit. Using a repair kit is the easiest way to hide a hardwood floor scratch without replacing the board.