Hardwood flooring can sustain some wear and tear; afterall, you walk on it every single day. Marks and gouges from furniture legs, pet claws and other daily activities are inevitable. In older properties, this damage can be seen as a piece of history, but when you experience it in your own home, you probably won’t feel that way towards the damage. If the flooring in your home is scratched, dented, buckled, or just needs refinishing, you’ve come to the right place. Timber 2 U Direct have put together a guide on how to repair and restore your damaged hardwood flooring to its former glory.
Buckled Hardwood Flooring
The enemy of hardwood flooring is moisture. If your flooring accumulates too much of it, it will expand and contract, and you may experience something called buckling. This is where the wood will warp and distort from its original shape. It may lift up at the edges, or you might spot a hump in the middle of a floorboard. Luckily, in most cases it can be easily fixed.
Warning Signs of Buckled Hardwood Flooring
Be on the lookout for the tell-tale signs of your flooring buckling; if you keep an eye on it, you will be able to fix it early on and reduce the need to possibly replace your flooring. The warning signs include cracks within your flooring, floorboards that are turned up at the edge (cupped), and a rise in the middle of the floorboard or floorboards pulling up from the floor.
Why does Hardwood Flooring buckle?
Hardwood flooring buckles due to moisture. This may be due to flooding or even exposure to moisture over a long period of time. The build-up of dampness can be caused by changing levels of humidity. It can be hard to know there is a problem with the moisture levels in your home until the damage to your flooring is already apparent. Buckling can also occur if your hardwood flooring hasn’t been installed correctly, whether that’s with incorrect glue or incorrect nailing.
Repairing Your Buckled Hardwood Flooring
you need to soak up any excess moisture with towels and completely clean your flooring. This is important as it is possible for moisture to get stuck in debris. You need to dehumidify the room for at least 24 hours prior to fixing your flooring.
now you need to remove the damaged plank from the floor. Do this carefully to avoid harming any other wood planks. If you only need to remove part of the plank, cut with it with a circular saw and remove the moisture damaged area. You may need to use a hammer or chisel to separate the planks from each other.
you should replace the plank with the same, if not similar wood. It will need to be measured first to ensure it fits the gap of the previous piece. Once it is secured and lined up in place, nail the plank to the floor.
The plank may need sanding to remove any dust, dirt, or stains. You can then refinish this piece of flooring however you like.
Scratched Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring is beneath our feet every day, meaning its bound to take some damage over the years. Furniture can scuff the surface of your floor, or you may be dealing with scratches and even deeper gouges. Things like this are unavoidable, however, the damage can be easily remedied.
Any light scratches your flooring may have endured can be fixed by either filling in the scratch or sanding down the wood. To remove these, you will want to purchase mineral spirts and use a fine steel wool pad. Ensure you rub the steel pad with the grain as going against it may cause more scratches. Once you can no longer see the scratch, apply your mineral spirit. You can also buy special wood flooring repair kits.
Some of the scratches on your flooring might be deeper and need a little more attention. Sanding the area until the wood is smooth proves the most effective method for deeper gouges. You can then fill in the gap with some wood filler. Do not use wood putty as it won’t take to the wood stain as well and will show up on the surface of your floor.
Dents To Your Hardwood Flooring
If you have noticed your flooring has dents, you will want to use a different process to the ones mentioned for scratches. These dents may have happened due to something heavy hitting the floor, but it’s okay – they can be fixed!
Dents can be removed following a process that combines heat and moisture to raise the floor back up. We recommend steaming the effected floorboard. The heat and moisture of the steam will allow the wood to swell and almost pop back into place. If you do not own a steamer, using a moist tea towel and a hot iron over the top works just as well. Once the affected area has been raised, sand it down to ensure it is level with the rest of the plank. There are some cases in which a dent can be too deep to try this method. If that is the case, we recommend filling the dent with epoxy resin, wood or wood inlay.
Replacing Your Hardwood Flooring
If your hardwood flooring is beyond repair and none of these steps work, it may be time to replace it. Here at Timber 2 U Direct, the online trading arm of Brooks Bros LTD, we offer an extensive range of made to measure hardwood flooring. Our timber yards are located in multiple location across the country to ensure we can deliver your choice of flooring directly to your door. For more information on our products and help on choosing the flooring that’s right for you, contact our friendly team today or call us on 0115 993 1111.