How to Remove Scratches from Hardwood Floors

8 responses

  1. Marvin
    November 5, 2012

    I want to only remove the top layer of polyurethane from my wood floor. Is there some type of pad besides sandpaper that will do this?


  2. David
    July 20, 2013

    Which grade of steel wool do you recommend?


  3. Kate
    September 20, 2013

    Mineral spirits…is that turps or metho?


    • Melanie
      September 20, 2013

      Mineral spirits, also know as “white spirit” in the UK, refers to mineral turpentine. Metholated spirits refers to denatured alcohol. According to Wikipedia, “The main additive [in denatured alcohol] has traditionally been 10% methanol, giving rise to the term “methylated spirits.”

      Source: Wikipedia – Denatured alcohol
      Source: Wikipedia – White spirit


  4. Mr. Farley
    August 11, 2014

    I have two scratches and dents (not scratches) caused by a heavy settee. Can you help?


  5. Connie
    July 9, 2015

    How do I get rid of foot prints on my hardwood floor? I can just clean them and as soon as I do and walk on them, there are a lot of foot prints. I use Bruce hardwood floor cleaner on them, because my floors are Bruce.


  6. Ian
    November 24, 2015

    I bought an older apartment. There were scratches ranging from deep gouges to surface scratches. I employed a professional to fix the deep gouges. He used sandpaper and applied urethane over the area, approximately 1M2. When the urethane dried, it picked up footprints very easily, even after two weeks. Later I found what I believe to be shellac in a cupboard under an old sink. I assumed the professional had made a mistake and should have used shellac. I removed his urethane as best I could and I applied the shellac, however, the scratches are still visible and so is the rubbing out he did with sandpaper. Will it be ok to do it again later with wire wool wax stick filler and shellac?


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