Bamboo Flooring Scratches: A Quick Guide for Repairs & Replacements

Most dense hardwood floors are resistant to permanent denting: strand woven bamboo flooring and eucalyptus floors are at the top of that list. As an alternative to traditional hardwoods, bamboo ranks above contemporaries on the Janka Hardness Scale. Despite this, even bamboo flooring scratches sometimes!

Bamboo floors are much harder than laminates and vinyl floors, and they are considerably more scratch-resistant, dent-resistant, and durable than hardwoods. No material on earth is scratch-proof: in reality, every surface will show scratches when hit with something sharp enough. Well… maybe not diamonds. You’re welcome to try with your own, but I’m not so inclined to test my luck.

To learn more about bamboo and eucalyptus flooring’s extreme hardness, read more about the Janka Hardness Scale.

Can I repair scratches in wood flooring?

Of course! If you find a scratch on your bamboo or hardwood floor, there are several options to remedy the situation. You can repair bamboo flooring as easily as any other type of hardwood flooring.

Minor Surface/Finish Scratches

Smaller surface scratches (white “micro” scratches) can appear on the surface of all hardwood and bamboo flooring finishes. Most traditional wood flooring, as well as bamboo hardwood flooring, comes with anti-scratch layering in their topcoats designed to protect your floor from being damaged. These tough topcoats are typically resistant to permanent scratches, though they may show small micro scratches for short periods until friction from walking dulls them or removes them completely.

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Most surface scratches are caused by something fairly sharp and not from pets or shoes. Most white micro-scratches buff out by themselves over time just from the friction that occurs when people repeatedly walk on floors, but some deeper surface scratches take longer to buff out and are more obvious.

If you’re experiencing surface scratching and want to attempt some quick home remedies, try rubbing a walnut (the actual nut, not the shell) on the scratch. Pecans, almonds, and Brazil nuts also work (crack them in half first). Try it – the results will surprise you! If those don’t work, try placing the toe of your rubber-soled shoe on the surface scratch and then swivel while applying some weight; this sometimes works to minimize the scratch too.

If those home remedies don’t work, you have the option to use a scratch removal product.

What products do I use to fix the micro-surface scratches?

Here are some products on the market specifically designed to help minimize hardwood floor scratches:

  • WearMax Scratch Concealer for Hardwood Flooring – You can purchase this from several online retailers like Amazon along with some brick-and-mortar stores like Walmart and CVS.
  • Wood Floor Repair Markers – These are available at Bed Bath & Beyond, most big box stores, and many online retailers.
  • Tibet Almond Stick Scratch Remover (made for furniture scratches, but it works on floors) – Purchase from Amazon, Ace Hardware, Walmart, etc.
  • Old English Scratch Cover – Purchase from Amazon, Walmart, Lowe’s Hardware, etc.

These products are great for small, superficial damages, but scratches in wood floor can run much deeper. In the event of grooves and gashes, there are alternative solutions that you can try. In this case, a repair kit is designed to combat these more problematic scratches.

Deeper Grooves and Gashes

First, it’s best to avoid deep grooves and gashes on your wood floor by following certain precautionary recommendations. If you are moving heavy furniture such as pianos, pool tables, couches, desks, tables, or even chairs, it’s a good idea to use furniture pads under the heavy stuff’s legs. Taking these precautions will avoid getting those deep and unsightly marks on your pretty floor. If you forget to use the felt pads and find that you have accidentally gouged your wood floor, you can try to fix it yourself with a floor repair kit. Timbermate or Picobello floor repair kits are two brands we recommend. Some people have also found success with Mohawk Fillsticks.

As a disclaimer: it’s important to understand that these products are not magic. Some damages cannot be fixed with such simple strategies. Bamboo, as a material, is as tough as they come. If you have already identified bamboo flooring scratches, you may have a larger problem at hand.

The preventative steps listed above are helpful to avoid these damages. Once deep scratches have already taken hold, there are a few things you can to do deal with them.

Dealing with scratches in wood floors

If you’ve tried to fix a scratch but find it still looks deep and noticeable, you have three options: repair, replace, or refinish.

Repair

Depending on how bad the gash or gouge is, there’s a good chance a flooring pro can repair it. Flooring putty can be a great way to fill gouges and deep scratches in wood floors. This is used to fill the damaged portion, but there are further steps to make the repair look natural.

You want the putty to be compatible with your floor – same goes for the new finish. In some instances, it may be necessary to sand the finish down to buff out the scratches. After this, you can repair the finish by applying a new coat of polyurethane – or whatever may have been used in the first place. We’ll delve deeper into refinishing shortly.

Many of these repairs can be undertaken by homeowners with handy skills; however, consultation is always important. It can be important to get a professional opinion even if you intend to repair the floor yourself.

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Replace

This can be a tedious task if you want to replace a bamboo or eucalyptus flooring board yourself. And depending on where the damaged board is located, it can be almost impossible. However, cutting out and replacing a flooring plank can be accomplished by an experienced carpenter, installer, and even a homeowner with a ‘can-do’ attitude, as long as they’re equipped with the appropriate tools (some carpentry and remodeling experience doesn’t hurt either). Unless you are extremely comfortable with your carpentry skills, we suggest you get a professional to replace your damaged bamboo or eucalyptus flooring board.

Refinish

Unhappy with the scratches, gouges, gashes, or dents in your bamboo and eucalyptus floors? Replacing the boards isn’t your only option. Luckily,  you can have them refinished. (Learn how to refinish bamboo flooring.)

Refinishing your floors first involves sanding them down enough to remove the blemishes. Next, you’ll sand them with fine-grit sandpaper until they are smooth and without any flaws. Finally, apply a new protective seal coating, which will make your bamboo or eucalyptus floor look brand new. We recommend using a polyurethane finish, and we have had successful results with the Lenmar brand.

Be careful: you can severely discolor floors if you sand them improperly. Even if you are up to the tall task of self-refinishing, you need to be gentle. Otherwise, you might have a bigger problem beyond your initial repairs. In the case of discoloration or other damages, the only option may be to replace the boards themselves.

Bamboo Floor

So, are you considering buying bamboo or eucalyptus flooring for your home or workspace? If you’re hesitant because you think it might scratch, put your mind at ease. Ambient strand-woven bamboo and eucalyptus flooring are the top-of-the-line flooring choices. Why? Because they have an extremely durable scratch-resistance and a uniquely stylish and exotic look you won’t find in other flooring. And if your bamboo flooring does happen to scratch, now you know you have plenty of options to remedy it effectively. Call one of our flooring expert professionals today at (866) 710-7070. You’ll be glad you did!

Last Updated: 01/04/2022


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6 thoughts on “Bamboo Flooring Scratches: A Quick Guide for Repairs & Replacements”

    • Hi Deftones Dave,

      You’re welcome! We’re glad you found our article on scratch repair useful. Let us know which method worked best for you!

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    • Hi Susan,

      That’s great to hear that you were able to fix some scratches using pecans. A cheap fix and you can use the leftover pecans for a nice pie!

      Reply
  1. I just installed Tigris Bamboo floors and dropped a couple of pieces of airstone on them. It put 4 scratches and dents in them. I used some almonds cut in half and worked them into the floor with my tennis shoe. I can’t see any marks!! Thanks for the advice!

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