Scratch Repair Advice

Tips for Repairing Scratches on Wooden Floors: A DIY Guide

How to Remove Scratches from Wooden Floors

Please note, we only provide scratch repair service to wooden floors restored or installed by us

If you've noticed scratches on your wooden floors, you might be wondering how to repair them. While we typically handle scratches on floors finished or installed by FloorWorks, we're happy to offer some DIY advice that can be applied to any floor and finish.

Preventive Measures: The best way to deal with scratches is to avoid them in the first place. Here are some preventive measures you can take:

  • Equip your furniture with felt pads or plastic covers to prevent scratching.

  • Regularly re-coat your oiled floor to maintain its protective layer.

  • When planning home improvement projects or expecting bulky deliveries, ensure your floors are well protected.

Identifying the Problem: Before diving into repairs, it's essential to determine the type of finish your wooden flooring has—whether it's lacquer or oil—as this affects the repair method. Additionally, assess the severity and age of the scratches.

For Clear Finished Floors: Clear Hardwax-Oil Solution

Using Osmo Hardwax-Oil to treat scratches

  • Clear hardwax-oil can be used on both lacquered and oiled floors to minimize the appearance of scratches.

  • Apply clear matt Osmo Polyx oil to the scratches, especially on lacquered floors, to blend them in.

  • For deeper scratches, fill them with melted color wax using Liberon or Britwax repair sticks.

For Floors with Color: The Wax Stick Method

  • Deeper scratches on colored floors can be repaired by melting color wax into the scratches.

  • Choose wax repair sticks that closely match the color of your floor's finish.

  • After applying the wax, remove excess and polish the surface with a cotton or wool cloth.

Complete Wood Floor Repair Kit:

Wood Floor Repair Kit by Floorworks
  • Consider purchasing a wood floor repair kit, which includes everything you need for the repair process.

  • These kits are available to buy from us at

Replacing Planks:

  • Before considering plank replacement, ensure you have spare planks available.

  • Identify whether your planks are "tongue-and-groove" or "click system" to facilitate replacement.

  • Provide your floor fitter with a photo of the planks for accurate identification.

When Sanding is Necessary:

  • Some damage, such as multiple or deep scratches, may require floor sanding.

  • Sanding is a more extensive process but can effectively remove deep scratches and restore the floor's appearance.

Conclusion: By following these DIY tips, you can effectively repair scratches on your wooden floors and maintain their beauty. Remember, prevention is key, so take proactive measures to protect your floors from damage. If you're unsure about the repair process or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to a professional.