Remove gouges from oak flooring

Old 10-22-05, 04:38 AM
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Remove gouges from oak flooring

I have 3/4" oak flooring. I recently moved my frige across the floor against the direction of the wheels. This put a slight inpression or small gouge across the floor. It did not cut through the urethane, just made an impression that can be seen. Can the impression be lifted up say with a hot iron using a damp cloth without having to strip the afected area? Looking for any ideas or remedies to remove this impression.
Old 10-22-05, 05:02 AM
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There's bad news - and then there's bad news.

The iron/damp rag method for raising depressions works in inverse proportion to the hardness of the wood. In other words, the harder the wood, the less effective this method is.

The second piece of bad news is you must be working on bare wood - the area in question must be stripped.

You can increase the effectiveness of the iron/rag method by using a needle to punch small holes in the depressed area. This allows the steam generated to penetrate the wood more deeply, giving more 'swelling' to raise the depression.

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