Asked on Feb 15, 2016

Deep scratches on hardware floors - deep and covering multiple boards

Its Just Me
by Its Just Me
About 6 months ago, my husband scratched our hardwood floors when he was moving a sofa. The scratches are not as noticeable but it is still a huge problem. I have tried several different types of wood pens but I'm not happy with the results.
The scratches do cover about 30 boards and they do have different colors from the original staining. It is a simple honey stain used at first, but it's not easy to match this up after about 9 years of traffic.
So, with the scratches covering such a vast area and deeper in some parts, what is the best way to correct this problem? (Well besides sanding it all down and staining it again?
Thanks for your help in advance.
  13 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 15, 2016
    There is a floor restore available for you to try. Rejuvenate for all types of flooring. It should aid in the covering of scratches as well as bringing a shine back .It has available at Home Depot or Home as well as amazon.
  • Wrenzo Thompson Wrenzo Thompson on Feb 15, 2016
    Good evening Its Just Me. Please do not kill the messenger. There is not a product on the market that will fix your issue. However, you dont have to go with a full sand either. The product that you have on your floors is a macro bevel prefinished Bruce Product. Since every builder and his mom used that product for installation it is easy to find a very close color match. We have done it dozens of times in the past. What you will do is find a suitable substitute. You should either be able to take a board into a small distributor in your area or you can pick up a sample board and take to your home. Once you find the match, study up on board replacement or hire a skilled floor person and once done, simply change the boards. Its not difficult...kinda like fitting a piece back into a jig saw puzzle. I hop I have helped and good luck. I have a guide if you like. You can contact me via my website at and Ill be happy to forward or give additional advice on the house.
  • Sheila Sheila on Feb 16, 2016
    WD 40 is a good product for removing some scratches, yours might be too deep though.
  • Ranger Ranger on Feb 16, 2016
    What about a nice rug?
  • Chris J Chris J on Feb 16, 2016
    I have used something called Howard Restore A Finish. We bought it years ago at an antique store right after we bought our Mission oak library table. It comes in a can a little bigger than lighter fluid. It comes in different stains. We have neutral and it works like a champ. You put it on with a cotton pad or 0000 steel wool. Rub gently and it makes your wook look almost new. after 2-3 applications, you can't tell you had scratches or damage.
  • Ginne Ginne on Feb 16, 2016
    I just used mineral oil on my wood floors and it covered scratches and brought the color back up.
  • LD LD on Feb 16, 2016
    Your fix is a multiple step process. 1st, you will need to fill the gouge that your husband made, Elmer's Glue Wood Filler comes premixed and can be stained; 2nd step, after it has cured per packaging, you will need to stain, Home Depot carries very small cans of stain, which will be more than you need, just realize that you won't be able to match exactly, but your aim is to get it as close as possible; 3rd step, after stain is thoroughly cured per packaging, then cover with polyurethane, just remember that those areas should not be walked on for 24 hours after final coat.Your floor color is a natural red oak finish.
  • Josh Bullington Josh Bullington on Feb 16, 2016
    Repair it the same way the pro's repair fine furniture. Although you can buy the repair kits used by the pro's that include lacquer sticks, hot Iron and many other tools, it can be done with crayons. First clean all old wax from the gouges. (Toothpaste and an old toothbrush works great but use the old style with pumice in it not the gel type). Next go to a craft store and buy a wood burning kit, a soft dark pencil and a set of crayons. Find a crayon that matches the color as closely as possible and use the flat blade of the wood burning Iron to melt the crayon into the gouges. Scrape off any excess was with a butter knife. Finally, take the pencil and draw lines to connect the grain lines across the gouges. Wax the wood with a good, hard wax. and you will not be able to see the gouges even if you get down on your hands and knees.
  • Cindy Cindy on Feb 16, 2016
    u can also sand the scratch lightly and take a wet tea bag ans tain the scratch and go over it with a laquer
  • 153091 153091 on Feb 16, 2016
    Bless his heart..we all know he feels bad about now onto the have some good suggestions above..however I personally would not fill the gouges...First I would ask the floor folks (Lowes,Home Depot ,a Floor store) get several "how-tos", bring a closeup photo of the scratch and then try fixing it yourself. You can also try using a Q-tip and gently wipe just the scratch with watered down bleach. Once bleached, you can always make a light spot darker to shade of your floor. Hope you do this together and enjoy the outcome!
  • Its Just Me Its Just Me on Feb 17, 2016
    There have been numerous suggestions and have not found the perfect solution. Still working on the project.
  • Justin Justin on Feb 18, 2016
    Do you have dent or scratches in the finish? Or, is it a combination of both? Are your floors factory pre-finished or were they site finished ( stained and varnished in your home)?
  • Carol Weldon Carol Weldon on Feb 26, 2016
    I have the same problem, but worse, much worse. I think some of the wood planks may have to be replaced