How Do I Repair a Hardwood Floor Finish?

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Repairing a hardwood floor finish first requires you to get all of your furniture out of the room. Repair a hardwood floor finish with help from an experienced contractor in this free video clip.

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Hello, this is Chris Sy with Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, and today we're gonna talk about how you can repair your hardwood floor. Over the life of a floor any number of things can create scratches in the floor but today we're gonna look at how to repair some of the deeper gouges that maybe caused by moving furniture or sliding chairs across the floor. As you can see these gouges have broken through the finish as well as the stain and you can see the lighter colored wood revealed underneath. There's a couple of steps we need to take to repair this and we're gonna walk through that right now. The first step is to take a light sandpaper. We have 220 grit sandpaper here and just lightly sand the area that you're gonna repair. This helps smooth it out as well as remove any of the sharp edges that might have been left with the finish. It's a good idea at that time to wipe the area clean to make sure you removed as much dust as possible. Then you're gonna take the stain color that was used on your floor and using a foam brush you don't need very much. You're just gonna dab this into where the gouge has taken place and let that sit for a minute to soak into the wood. It's important to remember when you're repairing these gouges that you're never gonna get the color to match perfectly. That wood has been opened up, it's more porous now and is gonna accept more of the stain then when your floor is initially installed. Therefore when you're repairing it you'll probably see the stain color come out a little bit darker. After you've waited for the stain to absorb you can take a cloth or rag of clean rag and wipe the excess stain off and as you can see we've covered up the lighter color of the wood and blended that stain back into the area around it. Right now it appears to be a little bit darker than the area around it. That will fade over time and especially it'll change a little bit of color once we apply a topcoat to it. Now that we've applied the stain and we've let it dry for approximately 12 to 24 hours it's time for us to put a topcoat over that gouge. It's important that you recoat the finish so that the wood is reprotected with a covering. In this case we've used a water based poly on this floor originally and that's what we're gonna refinish it with now. The first step is to isolate this board from the boards around it by using a blue painters tape. It's important that you test this tape and make sure it's compatible with your finish and that it doesn't remove the finish once you remove the tape. You can do this by applying it in a corner of the room and testing it. Once you've taped off your board from the surrounding boards you're gonna take your polyurethane finish. You can use a brush or a foam brush like this and you're just gonna coat the whole board making sure that you go back over the area where we repaired the gouge earlier. Once you've done this across the whole board it will take about 2 to 3 hours for that water based polyurethane to dry. Keep in mind this not gonna match perfectly the boards around it. The sheen has changed over time but you've reprotected the area where the gouge occurred. Again, this is Chris Sy, I hope some of the tips you've learned here today will help you maintain and repair some of the wear that takes place over the life of your hardwood floor.

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