How to Fix Scratches on Your Hardwood Floors
Let’s face it: Scratches on your hardwood floors may be unavoidable. Everyday life — especially in a house full of kids — can be bound to lead to a scratch or two (or even three!) on your once-gleaming boards.
But rest assured, there’s a quick and inexpensive fix. All you’ll need is a healthy snack.
Why does this trick work? According to BobVila.com, the oils present in the walnut will layer over and help fill in the scratch.
Step 1: Grab a walnut. (Yes, a walnut!)
Make sure to use a raw walnut. It should not be candied, spiced or cooked in any way.
Step 2: Rub the walnut over the scratch.
You’ll want to rub it in the same direction as the wood grain. It should only take a few passes with the walnut to help make the scratch disappear.
Step 3: Brush your fingers over the area.
A few strokes should do the trick!
Step 4: Let the scratch area sit for five minutes.
The walnut’s natural oils need time to soak into the wood.
Step 5: Buff the area with a washcloth.
If you don’t have a washcloth handy, BobVila.com says any soft cloth, such as a dishcloth, can work.
Voilà! The scratch is gone.
Don’t try this trick if you have an allergy to walnuts. And remember, if you have dogs, you’ll want to keep them out of the area until you’re finished cleaning up the scratches. Walnuts can be poisonous to them, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says.
Have several scratches and want to get the work done faster? Get your kids involved. Tell them it’s like coloring — just make sure they don’t try to eat the walnuts afterwards!
Originally published on May 9, 2018.
Open on shiny, dark hardwood floor with quick time lapse of a small child with toy dump truck dropping rocks on the floor, dog jumping around and wooden chair moving back and forth.
Voiceover: Let’s face it: Scratches on your hardwood floors are unavoidable.
Title card: HOW TO: REMOVE SCRATCHES FROM A HARDWOOD FLOOR, 8 minutes
Voiceover: Learn how to easily remove scratches and scuffs from your hardwood floors, using a walnut.
View changes to lighter wood flooring. Walnuts and blue washcloth are on floor.
Text appears: What you’ll need: Walnut and Washcloth
Voiceover: You’ll need a couple things to get started: a walnut and a soft cloth, like a washcloth. This hack will take you about 8 minutes.
Camera pans across a tight shot of all the various types of walnuts — candied, spiced, cooked, cracked open. An “x” is shown over the incorrect type of walnut, and a green check is shown over the raw, uncooked walnut.
Voiceover: To start, grab a walnut. Make sure to use a raw walnut. It should be removed from the shell. Be sure it’s not be candied, spiced or cooked in any way.
Tight shot of hands moving the walnut over the scratches, moving with the grain of the wood. Graphic showing arrows moving in direction of the wood grain.
Voiceover: Rub the walnut over the scratch in the same direction as the wood grain. A few passes with the walnut to help make the scratch disappear.
Shot of same hands gently running fingers over the now non-existent scratches on the dark wood floor.
Voiceover: Brush your fingers over the area, gently rubbing where the scratches were. A few times should do the trick!
Cut to hands holding timer shaped like an apple in front of the treated area. Timer is set to 5 minutes and placed on the floor.
Voiceover: Let the scratched area sit for five minutes. This gives the walnut’s natural oils some time to soak into the wood.
Same hands wipe over the floor one last time, buffing it with a washcloth.
Voiceover: You’re almost done. Buff the area with a soft cloth, like a washcloth, and see how your scratches have disappeared.
Cut to washcloth and walnuts moving whimsically across a light wood background as the video ends.
Voiceover: Well done! Enjoy your spiffy, scratch-free floors.
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