Repairing A Wood Floor

Repairing Scratches & Scuffs

An oil finished wood floor is far easier to repair or re-finish than a polyurethane lacquer finish.  However prevention is always better than cure.   A few minutes spent putting stick on felt pads onto furniture feet will prevent the most common form of scratching.

Grit and dirt walked into the floor will soon make the finish start to deteriorate as it has the effect of sandpapering the surface of the wood. Make sure you have good quality matting at all outside doorways to minimise this effect.

Cutlery dropped on the floor is the most common cause of indents and scratches adjacent to kitchen sinks and dishwashers. Initial multiple applications of maintenance oil in this area will minimise this effect and give maximum protection.

To repair a oiled floor and fully eradicate a bad scratch it will be necessary to sand off the finish in the vicinity of the damage until it is back to bare wood.  Use masking tape to define the area to re-finish. If the floor is a parquet design= herringbone for example, it is better to mask off and re-finish complete blocks.

Use 120 grit paper wrapped around a small block about the size of a match box. Sand in the direction of the grain using reasonable pressure. Then, wire brush the oak surface to expose the grain until a reasonable texture is obtained.  Which matches  the adjoining  floor surface.

For certain Cheville colours it may be necessary to apply a reactive chemical to the bare wood before re-oiling. If you advise us the reference name for any Cheville product, we can supply a small quantity of the chemical and oil or oils to emulate the original shade as closely as possible.  We can also advise the sequence of application.

Within a week or so of making the repair it is advisable to apply a fresh application of maintenance oil to the complete floor area so that the sheen is consistent.


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