How to Get Chair Marks Off Wood Floors


Wood floors give a house an elegant appearance, but unless you are extremely careful, if chairs are used on the bare floor, chair marks (or scratches) are bound to occur. Although many chair marks come from moving furniture, simply getting out of a chair can often lead to a scratch on the floor. The good news is that chair marks are usually a relatively simple fix, providing the marks have not penetrated too far into the wood on your floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood touch-up marker
  • Scraper
  • Wax
  • Steel wool
  • Sandpaper
  • Polyurethane finish
  • Scouring pad
  • Mineral spirits

Using a Marker

  • Test a touch-up marker (also called a wax wood repair stick) on an inconspicuous part of your floor. These markers are easily found at home improvement and flooring stores. Look to see if the color from the marker matches the color of your floor.

  • Draw over the chair marks with the marker after matching up the colors.

  • Remove any coloring that gets on another part of the floor with a scraper. Buff the area that had the chair marks with a cloth.

Floors With Wax

  • Scrape off the wax on your floor with a scraper. Apply a new coat of wax with a cloth by rubbing the wax into the floor with a circular motion. Buff the floor with a cloth.

  • Buff the chair marks with steel wool. Apply a new coat of wax, and then buff the floor again.

  • Sand over the chair marks with a fine-grained sandpaper. Sand in the direction of the grain of the wood. Brush away all dirt, dust and debris. Apply a new coat of wax and buff the floor.

Other Finishes

Tips & Warnings

  • When using a scraper, be careful not to further damage the wood in the process.
  • Do not wax a floor that has a polyurethane finish.

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