How to Patch Small Holes in Hardwood Floors How to Patch Small Holes in Hardwood Floors

What You'll Need
Sandpaper, 100 and 200-grit
Putty knife
Wood putty
Sponge brush
Warm water

Hardwood floors are one of the most popular flooring materials for homes. Some of the hardwoods used to produce these floors include oak, mahogany, walnut, maple, ash and bamboo. They make both an attractive and durable floor for any home. However, with time your hardwood floor may show signs of wear and tear. This may be reflected by small holes. Fortunately, it isn’t difficult to repair such holes. The guide below shows you how you can patch small holes and restore your floor.

Step 1 – Sand the Holes

It helps if you clean out the holes first. Fold a piece of 100-grit sandpaper so that it gives you a sharp pointed end. Insert the sandpaper into the hole and clean all round the inside. This helps to remove loose debris and dirt. It leaves you with a clean surface which facilitates an effective bond of the putty when applied. Blow out dust from the hole or use a shop vac. Wear safety goggles and a dust mask for protection against dust and debris.

Step 2 – Insert Putty

Be sure to select putty that matches the color of your floor. Place small amounts of putty into the hole. Press down the putty as you place it so that it packs firmly within the hole. Apply a slightly excessive amount on top of the hole so that you have a slight mound. Allow the putty to dry for the stipulated time in the directions. In most cases, 24 hours is required.

Step 3 – Sand the Putty

Use 100-grit sandpaper to sand the dried putty. Sand until you have a flat, smooth surface that closely resembles the floor around the filled hole. Blow away dust from the process. This will leave you with a dull surface.

Step 4 – Apply Stain

Spread a stain with a sponge brush over the sanded area. The stain should blend well with the rest of your floor. Allow one day for the stain to dry well.

Step 5 – Apply Polyurethane Gloss

Use a sponge brush to apply polyurethane gloss over the stained area. Let the area dry overnight, then sand with 200-grit sandpaper. Use swift, light strokes to create a shine. Apply a second coat of polyurethane and allow it to dry overnight. It is best to allow 2 days for the repaired area to cure completely before it is used.

Step 6 – Clean the Floor

It is a good idea to clean up your floor after repair. This final step will leave your floor with a clean, smart appearance. Dip a mop into a bucket of warm water and wring it until it is almost dry. Mop over a small section of the floor. Rinse the mop, wring and mop the same section again. Complete the entire floor in this manner. Change the water in the bucket when it appears to be dirty. Use a buffer to give the floor a good shine.

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