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How to repair a gouge


Step 1. Repair small holes with wood putty. Use putty that matches the floor color. Force the compound into the hole with a putty knife. Continue to press the putty in this fashion until the depression in the floor is filled. Scrape excess compound from the area. Use a damp, lint-free cloth while the putty is still wet to smooth the top level with the surrounding floor. Allow to dry.

 

Step 2. Sand the area with fine (100- to 120-grit) sandpaper. Sand with the wood grain so the splintered area is flush with the surrounding surface. To better hide the repair, feather sand the area. Wipe up dust with a slightly damp cloth.

 

Step 3. With a clean, lint-free cloth, apply a matching stain (wood sealer or “restorer”) to the sanded area. Read the label on the product to make sure it is appropriate for sealing wood floors. Work in the stain until the patched area blends with the rest of the floor. Allow area to completely dry. Apply two coats of finish. Be sure the finish is the same as that which was used on the surrounding floor.

 

HERE'S HOW

Surface finish (poly or wax)

Penetrant finish

Wax finish

 

To determine what kind of surface you have, use a coin to lightly scrape the floor in a hidden corner. If flakes appear, you have either a surface finish or a wax coat. If no flakes appear, it’s a penetrant. To check for wax, sprinkle water on the floor. If the beads turn white after 10 minutes, it’s waxed.
     
 

 

 

 

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