Used the wrong side of the sponge...

Old 02-18-22, 06:03 AM
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Unhappy Used the wrong side of the sponge...


I searched this issue on this and other forum but I'm not finding an example where someone had made this exact type of scratch.

Our sofa had anti-slip pads for each leg. It got moved which left black marks on the hardwood floors.

Shouldn't have done that in retrospect but I initially tried to rub them with the rough side of a sponge. As you can imagine, it wasn't good (see image 1.)

Then tried to apply olive oil to restore it after reading about this method on a couple websites. Looks a little better, see image 2.

Any advice on how to restore it fully? If it can be done using everyday products, all the better. Of course also open to suggestions for more specialized flooring products.


Image 1: Zooming in from about 20 ft

Image 2: After having applied olive oil for 5 min and wiped it with a cloth
Old 02-18-22, 06:17 AM
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Is that actually hardwood? If so, you may need to apply polyurethane or whatever finish material was used. If this is laminate, you're likely out of luck.
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Assuming it's real wood I'd try buffing it out with some floor wax like Johnson's Paste wax.
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I initially tried to rub them with the rough side of a sponge
Like the sponges that have the course Scotch Brite material?

If so then you basically used a piece of sand paper to the floor! So the finish is gone, did it get down to the stain in the wood?

If it did then the stain will need to be touched up first but then the olive oil may prevent that from happening. Then the top coat needs to be resolved.

​​​​​​​Can you post a good close up of the damage?

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