If your home’s flooring is made from wood panels or floorboards and has gaps, holes, and dents, you may want to get those fixed immediately. Ignoring them can cause more serious damage in the future.
For massive damages that are irreparable, replacing wood flooring is the best option. To avoid costly replacements, it’s important to keep them in tip-top shape by repairing small damages early.
Uses of Wood Fillers on Flooring
Wood fillers are often used on wooden furniture and walls. But they can also be used on your wooden flooring for these different issues.
Filling small holes
At the first sign of holes on your wooden floors, repair them immediately. Use wood fillers to repair small holes before they get larger.
Fixing floorboard gaps
Floorboards shrink over time. This is a common problem most homeowners face. Using wood fillers is a cost-effective way to fill in gaps between floorboards.
Removing dents and deep scratches
Scratches and dents on wooden floors can be caused by moving furniture and being hit by heavy or sharp objects. Wood fillers can help minimize or complete remove these.
Smoothing rough wood grain
If you want your floors to have a smooth finish, using wood fillers can do wonders. Doing so also helps prevent moisture from seeping into the wood.
How to Use Wood Fillers on Floors
When using wood fillers, it’s important to know the proper way to apply them on your floors. Here are easy-to-follow steps when using wood fillers to repair floors.
Choose the right wood filler.
The most used wood filler is water-based. This kind of filler dries quickly and can be applied under any wood stain. It can be easily applied and is environment-friendly. Select a filler that’s close to the colour/shade of your floor.
Prepare the area to be repaired.
When dealing with holes, use a chisel to dig into the damaged or soft wood. Keep digging until you reach a strong part of the wood. For dents and deep scratches, clean the area using a hardwood cleaner and a damp cloth. For floorboard gaps, completely remove any dirt in between the spaces.
Use mineral spirits if your floor is coated with polyurethane. Apply mineral spirits onto a scourer and rub the area gently. Then, wipe it away using a clean cloth and air-dry the area completely.
Apply the wood filler.
Apply the wood filler in small amounts. Spread it and make sure that the hole is free from air bubbles. Remove the excess filling using a putty knife. Try to flatten the filling for easy sanding after.
Sand the area.
Let the filler dry for at least 24 hours before sanding. Use sandpaper measuring 220-300 grit. Gently sand the area using very light pressure until the area is level and smooth.
Apply sealer on the patched area.
Use the exact same sealer used on your floor on the patched area. You can use a wool roller or a small bristle brush to apply the sealer. Let it dry for at least 24 hours. You may apply a second coating to achieve the best results.
Tips for Filling Wooden floors
- Let the patched area dry completely before applying any kind of sealer. When repairing large holes, apply filler in shallow, small amounts, letting each layer dry completely.
- Sand in the direction of the wood’s grain or in small circular motions. Also, never apply too much pressure when sanding.
- Never use a foam roller when applying a sealer. Doing so can leave air bubbles in the sealer.
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