Everyone loves a beautiful hardwood floor. It can add a lot of character to a home, and it is fairly easy to maintain. The problem is, it is also very easy to scratch. Since wood is a softer, natural material, pushing something heavy, like a piece of furniture across it unprotected, can leave marks behind that are very unsightly.

Fortunately, you can make it look like new again. Your method will vary depending on how deep the scratch is. If it only is a shallow scratch, you might be able to make it disappear by rubbing steel wool along the grain. After cleaning the area up to remove all dust, cover the area with a coat of polyurethane that matches the surrounding floor. If the scratch is deeper, you will need to use 180 grit sandpaper to get it fairly smooth. After this, you can use wood filler that matches your floor to fill it in, and after it dries, do a second, lighter sanding. Then, you can follow the same procedure as for a shallow scratch.

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