Your beautifull wood flooring has simply cracked or someone dear dropped a heavy toy or household item and made a significant gouge onto its surface. The looks of your wood flooring has definitely been ruined and, if left untreated, the crack or gouge will only become larger. With some small tools, wood putty, matching wood stain, original finish, and some patience you will be able to easily restore the beauty of your wood floor.

Tools and Materials Required

Steps to Patching Cracks in Wood Flooring

  • clean the area thoroughly with soft bristle brush
  • remove all debris with a vacuum cleaner to allow the putty to adhere properly to the wood surface
  • insert wood glue into the crack, this will keep the two pieces together and prevent any further splitting appart
  • wipe away any excess glue with a damp soft cloth
  • alow the glue to dry per manufacturer’s recommendations
  • apply a color matched stainable wood putty with a small trowel until you fill the crack – tinted wood putty is a even better choice
  • wipe away the excess putty using a slightly damp sponge
  • allow the putty to dry and apply more wood putty if necessary
  • once the putty has completely dried, sand the patch smooth along the wood grain untill leveled with the surrounding area
  • tint the putty if not aready tinted
  • apply polyurethane or the original wood finish with an artist’s brush and allow to dry completely
  • lightly buff the area with steel wool

Steps to Patching Gouges in Wood Flooring

  • clean the area thoroughly with soft bristle brush
  • remove all debris with a vacuum cleaner to allow the putty to adhere properly to the wood surface
  • liberally apply a color matched stainable wood putty to the gouge using a putty knife
  • allow to putty to dry and apply more until the patched area is slightly higher than the floor around
  • once the putty has completely dried, sand the patch smooth along the wood grain untill leveled with the surrounding area
  • tint the putty if not aready tinted
  • apply polyurethane or the original wood finish with an artist’s brush and allow to dry completely
  • lightly buff the area with steel wool

Tips on how to prevent further cracks in interior wood such as wood flooring and wood furniture

  • keeping the moisture levels constant, preferably in between 30% and 45% will prevent you wood flooring and wood furniture from significantly expanding and contracting and as a result from further cracking
  • installing and runing a humifier during winter season will allow you to keep the moisture level between normal levels, while an air conditioning unit or simply a dehumidifier will allow you to control humidity levels during the hot/humid season
  • purchasing a quality humidity meter will certainly help to keep an eye on the humidity level within your home

More Information on Wood Repair

How to Repair Burns in Wood Furniture, from Scorches to Deep Char Burns
How to Hide or Repair Scratches, Dings and Dents in Wood Furniture
How to Repair Furniture Hardware – Loose, Missing or Damaged Hinges, Drawer Pulls, Locks, Handles

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