How to Get Dents out of Flooring

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Dents develop in wood flooring when something heavy is dropped on it or when heavy furniture is left in a spot for a long period of time. These dents will stay in the floor in most cases unless you do something to draw them back out. It is possible to repair the dents in most cases with a simple technique involving water and a little time.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Rag
  • Heat source such as an iron
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Sealant
  • Sand the area where the dent is located with a very fine sandpaper. Your goal is to remove only the top coat, not to remove any wood. If your floor doesn't have a sealant or polyurethane finish, then there is no need to sand it.

  • Drip a few drops of water on a small dent and let it sit there. It will eventually soak in somewhat and swell the wood where the water is. This will raise it back to its original height.

  • Place a damp rag on larger dented areas to swell the wood. Leave the rag in place and check it occasionally until you see that the dent is gone.

  • Place an iron on the damp rag if the water alone isn't working. The heat will help raise the wood as well by steaming the water into the wood.

  • Brush on a sealant to cover the spot that you repaired. Use a small brush and feather the sealant out over the surrounding surface so that it blends.

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