Hardwood Floor Repair: How to Patch a Hole Hardwood Floor Repair: How to Patch a Hole

What You'll Need
200-grit sandpaper
Wood putty (same shade as the floor)
Polyurethane gloss

Heavy equipment that drop on wooden floors can cause damage, cracks, and dents, which may call for some hardwood floor repair. You can fix this problem by using wood putty, which is a substance composed of sawdust and adhesive. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how patch a hole in your hardwood flooring.



Step 1-Sand Broken Portion of Floor

Use a 200-grit sandpaper and fold it into a square shape. Take the sandpaper and sand the interior portion of the crack, hole, or whatever damaged area your wooden floor may have. Use the edge of the sandpaper. Be sure to sand the area well, including the entire interior parts. After you have finished sanding the area, buff it and clear the damaged area of all dirt or sand particles. You can blow air into the hole to make sure that it is clear of debris.


Step 2-Apply Wood Putty

Take the wood putty that you purchased. Make sure that you purchase wood putty that is the same color as your floor so that it blends properly. Apply the wood putty into the hole, crack, or dent of your floor. Use your thumb or fingers to press the wood putty into the damaged area. Make sure that the wood putty is tight inside the damaged area, and be sure to apply enough wood putty so that it overflows a bit onto the surface of the floor.


Step 3-Set Wood Putty

Allow the wood putty to set. Consult your manufacturer’s manual to determine how many hours you will need to allocate for this. Generally, it will usually take at least 24 hours for the wood putty to set.


Step 4-Sand Dried Wood Putty

Once the wood putty has dried completely, you can now sand the dried wood putty on the surface of the floor. Sand the wood putty until it is smooth and flat. Use the sandpaper for this as well. Make sure that it is completely flat such that it is the same level as the floor. Run your hand over the area to make sure that the wood putty is flat and smooth enough.


Step 5-Apply Gloss

Apply a coat of polyurethane gloss on top of the dried and smooth wood putty. Make sure that no bubbles form when you do this. Let the polyurethane gloss dry completely.


Step 6-Apply Buffing

Once the gloss is completely dried, use sandpaper to buff the area of the damage. Just buff the area enough such that the gloss loses its shine.


Step 7-Apply Second to Third Coat of Gloss

Apply a second coat of gloss on the same area. Again, make sure that no bubbles form. After this dries, apply a third coat of polyurethane gloss. Allow the gloss coat to dry for at least 24 hours before you move furniture onto the floor or step on it. 

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