Hardwood floors are undeniably gorgeous. Installing hardwood floors, or refinishing your existing floors, can instantly breathe new life and beauty into your home. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, hardwood floors are a solid investment, adding thousands of dollars to a home and making it much more marketable. However, hardwood floors do require some maintenance, and they are prone to scratches, nicks, and dings.

Fortunately, there are a few DIY methods of fixing scratches in hardwood floors that work well, restoring your floors to great condition.

What Causes Scratches

Scratches in a hardwood floor tend to be obvious and difficult to hide. It’s easy to spot a scratch in a hardwood floor with a smooth, bright surface. Some types of wood are stronger than others, but in general, wood isn’t as scratch-resistant as other flooring, such as stone or tile. Scratches can be caused by regular use (foot traffic), pets, moving furniture, dropping heavy items, not using felt pads underneath furniture, and so on.

Scratch Repair

There are several ways to remove scratches from hardwood floors. Please note that this does not apply to deep gouges or extremely large scratches, which may require the expertise of a professional to repair. Methods of fixing scratches include:

● Using a wood staining marker to hide the scratch. Markers are available in a wide variety of colors, so you should be able to find one that is a close match to your floor.

● Gently cleaning the floor. Polishing the floor can do a good job of improving the floor’s overall appearance, while taking the attention away from any imperfections. Additionally, removing dirt from the floor can help prevent future scratches.

● Carefully sanding the scratched area. Once sanding is complete, you can use wax to fill in the scratched area. Any discoloration can be touched up with a bit of wood stain.

Refinishing the floor. While this is a large undertaking, if the floor is damaged enough, refinishing it may be the most effective approach to getting it back to being in good condition. Sometimes it’s just easier to start from scratch, no pun intended.


In conclusion, hardwood floors are beautiful, but a bit on the high-maintenance side. Keeping them in pristine condition takes some work. Scratches are a part of having hardwood floors. Fortunately, there are several effective ways to camouflage or remove the scratches. Your floors will be looking great again in no time.

Cameron the Sandman has been beautifying homes and businesses with hardwood floors throughout Michigan for over 80 years. As hardwood flooring professionals, we’ve seen it all and are here to help. Our flooring services include hardwood sales and installation, hardwood floor restoration, refinishing and more! Your wood floors should be built to last a lifetime and we can help make that happen. Call us to speak with a flooring consultant today!