Assess and edit scratches in the wooden floor


A wooden floor is rarely spared by scratches. There are different or no seals in both common types, parquet and wood planks. Before deciding how to remove scratches, it must be checked if only the sealing layer or the wood substance is affected.

Protective layer or wood substance

In general, a distinction must be made between sealed and open wooden floors. Scratches on oiled and waxed floors have invaded the wood in any case. The protective film on lacquered or glazed floors can "catch" substantial wood injuries. Depending on the type of paint, the machining bandwidth ranges from re-filling to sanding and re-sealing.

The biggest challenge in the treatment of scratches in the wooden floor is the maintenance of the uniformity in the visual appearance. Wood floors are naturally exposed to permanent loads such as abrasion and fading. Partial edits usually lead to visible contrasts and differences to the environment. Special attention should be given to the appearance of the device after application.

Embalm and temporarily close

By grinding, in almost all cases, the color and / or the gloss behavior of the wooden floor is influenced. Therefore, always first grinding-free machining methods should be tried. For open wood floors, we recommend multiple oiling or waxing processes. In particular, soft woody plants such as pine tend to close minor scratches on their own with sufficient "embalming".

If lacquered or glazed wooden floors have scratches, on the one hand the wood protection is impaired and on the other hand there is an unfavorable momentum of its own. The depressions in the protective layer tend to deposit flying dirt such as dust and make it increasingly visible. To prevent this effect, a "provisional" closing of individual scratches can postpone a complex sanding renovation. Transparent or matching colored paint pens are an option.

Grind out scratches

When sanding wooden scratches it is necessary to cut several ways:

  • Precise grinding of the scratch and refilling
  • Partial surface grinding around the scratch with resealing
  • Flat ground finish and complete reseal

In order to reduce the visual difference to the environment in the partially grounded versions, transparent and / or glossy identical aids should be used.

Tips & Tricks

If you want to move furniture on a wooden floor scratch-free, you can put old pieces of carpet or soft textile cloths under your feet. Pull the furniture over the wooden floor that has been carefully swept with a soft broom.


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