Engineered floors are wonderful for the homeowner who loves the look of hardwood but wants the ease of laminate flooring. Because they are made of layers of wood, the classic look and feel of wood is available, but they are more durable than laminate flooring. However, damage does happen and when it does, it is good to know how to repair them.
Step 1 - Scratch Removal
There are several kits available for repairing engineered floors. Because they are made of several layers of wood that are glued and pressed together, simply sanding and varnishing is not a possibility. You will have to purchase a wax based kit in order to make the repairs. Buy the kit that is the closest in color to your floor.
Step 2 - Prepare the Floor
First, make sure you are wearing gloves to protect your hands from any chemicals you might come in contact with. Clean the area of the floor you are going to repair and another foot or so around it with a damp sponge to keep any dust or debris from getting in the way.
When the floor is completely dry, use a soft cloth to gently apply a little rubbing alcohol into the immediate area of the scratch, follow this with a cotton swab of rubbing alcohol directly in the scratch. Rub the cotton swab along with the scratch and verify that it is very clean.
Step 3 - Mix the Wax
Follow the directions on the floor repair kit to mix the wax for the repair. You may have to add the color yourself. If you do, simply add a small amount at a time, mix well, and then compare the color to your floor. When you have created the right shade you are ready to continue.
Step 4 - Repair the Scratch
The best tool to use to get the wax completely into the scratch is a putty knife. A plastic one is best, as it is less likely to create more scratches should your hand accidentally slip.
Using the putty knife, scrape enough wax to fill the hole onto the knife. Carefully apply the wax to the scratch at a diagonal angle. This will help the wax be pushed further into the scratch, filling it completely.
When all the scratches have been repaired to this point you are going to notice that it is not perfectly smooth. Run the flat of the putty knife over the scratches to level the wax with the rest of the floor. Lightly buff the area with a clean, dry, soft cotton cloth until it shines like the rest of the engineered floors. Make sure to be consistently light in your touch. Buffing too hard could actually pull some of the wax from the inside of the scratch and you will have to start over.
If you can’t find a good wax kit for your engineered floors repair, you can always use a crayon in the proper shade. Just soften it, not melt it, and work it into the scratch the same way as you would with the wax kit.