How to Repair Engineered Wood Floors


Unlike solid wood floors, engineered wood floors have just a thin top layer of finished wood (the rest, underneath, is usually particleboard). You should never sand the surface of an engineered floor, as it's likely to sand away the top layer of finished wood. When an engineered wood floor is scratched, it's better to do spot repairs with wax putty than to resurface it.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Wax putty (same color as the floor)
  • Flat wood shim
  • Wipe the damaged area with a soft cloth and a little rubbing alcohol, to remove any grime or dirt. Let it dry for a few minutes.

  • Use a flat wood shim to spread wax putty over the scratched and damaged parts of the surface.

  • Scrape the long side of the shim over the surface to get the putty flat and even, taking up all the excess putty in the process.

  • Rub the area lightly but vigorously with a soft, dry cloth. Buff the wax into the surface.

  • Repeat the process, adding more wax and buffing it, if the damage is still visible.

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