How do I repair burn marks on my hardwood floor?

by Melanie

Recently i had a huge mess and i need to fix it before my parents find out. Any ideas?

  17 answers
  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Feb 15, 2020

    Hi Melanie, so sorry you burned your floor. I am not sure you can fix this without help. You may want to confess and offer to help your parents fix the burn. Good luck Search Results

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  • Cindy Cindy on Feb 15, 2020

    Hi Melanie. This floor needs to be sanded and re-stained. Sorry, I wish I had better news for you. You should probably come clean with your parents. Accidents happen.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 16, 2020

    I know how hard it is to confess when we created a mess or had an accident. My kids always did the good news, bad news explanation. For example: the good news is I limited the damage and didn't burn the house down . The bad news is that there is some damage, and I would like to help you fix it. It was truly an accident and I am really sorry.

    My kids all learned that lying or hiding stuff from me never worked out well. All three made mistakes and learned to take responsibility. Your parents will get over it, as will you. It can be fixed. Good luck.

  • In my opinion you would have to sand it all back to remove all the burnt wood. Then stain and seal the wood again.

  • William William on Feb 16, 2020

    That is going to have to be sanded down to raw wood an a little beyond the burn. Then it can be stained and sealed. An orbital or palm sander would work with 150 grit sandpaper.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 16, 2020

    Hello there,

    Own up when parents come back, and take the flack! They may have House Insurance that will come to the rescue!! After all, you could work really hard and still make an even bigger mess of it. Own up!!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Feb 16, 2020

    Hello damages this significant is too overwhelming to consider quickly repairing. Best advice would be to show your parents the problem rather than making the situation worse.

  • Janice Janice on Feb 16, 2020

    It would be best to acknowledge that you burned the floor, apologize, and then ask your parents to let you help in the repair of the floor. If you try to do it yourself, you may end up causing more damage and your parents will be even more upset. Best to "confess" and not hide this from your parents. They've likely done something similar when they were your age and will be proud of you for coming clean and maybe suggesting some ways to remedy the problem. Be Brave!! :)

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Feb 17, 2020

    Lightly sand it and re varnish it

  • Em Em on Feb 18, 2020

    If this is a burn then the wood has been charred and has to be removed down to a layer that is fresh wood. This area looks large enough that it needs extensive removal which is best done with a floor sander or at least a orbital sander. The stain may be hard to match but can be done. Once the floor is sanded and clean you can use a rag to dip into the stain and lightly add new stain. You can always add a second or third coat but once you put too much on it is too late. Using a rag instead of a brush allows you to control the amount of stain you put on. Really light coat with the first layer then add on. Just dip a rag into the stain and lightly start the first coat moving quickly to not saturate one area too much, rub and smooth out the area. It may need poly to match the area and can be tough to make it look like the old finish unless you know what you are doing. Ask for your parents help if you have never done this or you will end up with a worse mess than what you did.

  • Clemmie Clemmie on Apr 10, 2021

    Confess to your accident, honesty is always the best tool. Express your remorse

    and offer to help out in any way that you can, even if it means quitting high school,

    or delaying college, so you can get a job to help pay for the damage you caused,

    hopefully, the last offer should soften the blow and lighten their spirit. Good luck.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 25, 2022

    Sand back floor all over and stain to match colour of burn. Then Seal with at least two coats of the Sealer. Best of luck. Do you have Insurance cover?

  • Annie Annie on Jan 29, 2024

    Here's a video with some tips!

  • Using 150-grit sandpaper, begin by sanding the area surrounding the burn mark in the direction of the grain until the burn mark is no longer visible and the raw wood is once again visible. To prevent the floor from becoming too deep in one spot immediately surrounding the burn mark, sand a respectable amount of the surrounding area.

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 03, 2024

    Hi Melanie: Here's a site that may help: How To Remove A Burn Mark From Wood (In 5 Ways) ( I agree with the others, confess, look contrite Using puppy dog eyes may help :)