How to Get Scratches Out of Hardwood Floors

Carter Marcus
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Hardwood flooring just looks good, and it will hold up in a high-traffic area. However, that great hardwood look does require some maintenance. Little scratches or marks (and even big spatters) are bound to show up when you use your hardwood floors to walk around, play with pets, and have fun.

There are several things that you can do to get the scratches out, but you may not love the results. Any longtime hardwood homeowner is familiar with the look of a buffed floor. That high-shine surface is not all that natural wood can be, and the shine can be a little unnerving.

To get your scratches out of the floor, here are a few things that you can try.

Mop and sweep your floor first. Make sure that all dust, loose debris, and lingering dirt are gone. A vacuum with a beater bar is great for this because it will sweep and lift loose dirt from the floor.

Use a hardwood flooring cleaner that is appropriate for your floor. You can find one on the bottle, or ask a professional at the store. Make sure to follow the directions precisely.

If you have serious scratches in your hardwood floor, you may need to apply wax. This will give your floor a shine. Make sure that you apply the wax evenly so that everyone is proud of you.