How to Repair Scratches in Wood Glaze Finish

Wood flooring reflecting light
  • 1-10 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-200
What You'll Need
Rubbing alcohol
Putty knife
Cot tom cloths or old towels
Wood finish
Wax putty (same color as the wood glaze you are repairing)

It’s disheartening to see a scratch or a gouge deep in your wood glaze, especially if you just recently have gotten a floor put in. With a few simple steps, you can repair these scratches and your wood glaze will look good in no time.

Step 1 - Clean the Surface

With a wet towel, completely clean the surface that has the scratch or gouge. Take a cotton ball and dip it into the rubbing alcohol. Next, take the cotton ball and clean the scratched area. This will ensure there is no dirt in the crack, the placing of putty can look awful if there is still debris on the floor. Re-wipe the area with the cotton ball if you still see dirt.

Step 2 - Apply Putty

With a putty knife, take some putty to put into the scratch. You want to make sure the putty gets all the way into the scratch. You may need a smaller knife to do this, or for really small scratches, you can use a pair of tweezers. You may need to move the knife or tweezers up and down to ensure the putty gets completely in. Don't be afraid to use a little force.

Step 3 - Smooth Out the Putty

applying putty to wood flooring

With the back of the knife, you want to smooth out the putty above the scratch. You can do this with a gentle back and forth motion.

Step 4 - Remove All Excess Putty

Now with the back of the knife scrap off any excess putty. Gently graze the area with the blade of the knife.

Step 5 - Rub the Scratch with a Cloth

Now you can take a cloth or towel. With the towel you want to rub down the area you just applied the putty to. Don't be afraid to use full force when doing so.

Step 6 - Sand Down the Scratch

wood flooring with scratches

With a piece of sandpaper, you want to sand down the scratch. Make sure the grain side is up. You can rub using a circular motion. Make sure to rub the area surrounding the scratch as well. This will ensure an even finish.

Step 7 - Wipe Down the Area

After you finish sanding, wipe down the area with a damp cloth or towel. Allow time for the floor to dry.

Step 8 - Apply Hardwood Floor Finish

With a paintbrush, apply floor finish to the area. Dab the brush in the hardwood floor finish and rub it on top of the scratch. Be careful not to add too much finish to the floor. Remember less is more. Too much finish can alter the color of the floor. Apply about four to five layers of finish. Let the floor dry. As the floor is drying, be sure no dirt falls upon it.