How to Repair Hardwood and Bamboo Flooring Scratches


Most dense hardwood floors are resistant to permanent denting, and strand woven bamboo flooring and eucalyptus floors are at the top of that list. They are much harder than laminates and vinyl floors, and they are considerably more scratch-resistant, dent-resistant, and durable than hardwoods. However, there is no material on earth that is scratch-proof, so in reality, every surface will show scratches when hit with something sharp enough (except maybe diamonds). To learn more about the extreme hardness of bamboo and eucalyptus flooring, check out bamboo flooring and the Janka Hardness Scale.

Can I repair scratches on Bamboo 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 prefinished hardwoods come with anti-scratch layering in their topcoats designed to protect your floor from being damaged. These tough topcoats are usually found on bamboo floors with a polyurethane finish and prefinished hardwood and are typically resistant to permanent scratches.

Most surface scratches are usually 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 caused by walking on the floors, but some deeper surface scratches take longer to buff out and are more obvious.

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

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 are known to work also (crack them in half first). Try it, you might be surprised! If those don’t work, try placing the toe of your rubber-soled shoe on the surface scratch and then swivel with some weight applied; this sometimes works to minimize the scratch too.

If those home remedies don’t work, you may need to purchase a scratch removal product. Here are some products on the market made specifically to help minimize hardwood floor scratches:

  • WearMax Scratch Concealer for Hardwood Flooring – This can be purchased 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.

Deeper Grooves and Gashes

First of all, 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 really good idea to use furniture pads under the legs of the heavy stuff. 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.

Three options for dealing with scratches on bamboo and hardwood 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 professional can repair it. They would probably use a specific flooring putty to fill the gash or gouge, and then they would refinish just that particular section with a fresh new coat of floor finish or urethane. You can check with your floor installer to make sure they can do this for you.

Replace

If you want to replace a bamboo or eucalyptus flooring board yourself, this can be a tedious task. And depending on where the damaged board is located, it can be almost impossible. However, cutting out and replacing a flooring plank can definitely 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 own carpentry skills, we suggest you get a professional to replace your damaged bamboo or eucalyptus flooring board.

Refinish

If you are unhappy with the scratches, gouges, gashes, or dents in your bamboo and eucalyptus floors and you don’t want to replace those boards, you can have them refinished. (Learn how to refinish bamboo flooring.) Refinishing your floors first involves sanding them down enough to remove the blemishes, and then they need to be sanded with fine-grit sandpaper until they are smooth and without any flaws. The next step after sanding is to 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.

Bamboo Floor

So, if you are considering buying bamboo or eucalyptus flooring for your home (or workspace) and are 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 because they have an extremely durable scratch-resistance and a uniquely stylish and exotic look you won’t find in other hardwoods. And if your bamboo flooring does happen to scratch, now you know you have plenty of options to effectively deal with that scratch. Call one of our flooring expert professionals today at (866) 710-7070. You’ll be glad you did!

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4 replies

  1. Thank you a million!

    • 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!

  2. The pecan method worked!! Thanks so much!

    • 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!

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