How to Fix Hardwood Floor Scratches with Walnuts

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by

For many homeowners in Carrollton, floors made of hardwood are a popular choice. Though hardwood is typically as durable as it is beautiful, it can still be scratched if not cared for properly. There are many products on the market to repair scratches in hardwood floors, but it may surprise you to learn walnuts have a long history of serving the same purpose. The flooring experts at CMA Flooring in Carrollton explain how walnuts can help fix wood floor scratches.

The Repair Process

The first step in fixing the scratch is to rub the walnut flesh into the wood, which can be done by moving the nut over the scratch in a circular motion. Start on one end of the scratch and travel down to its other end, repeating this process multiple times. Next, rub the walnut back and forth over the width of the scratch. Let the scratch sit for about 30 minutes so the oils from the walnut have sufficient time to penetrate the wood and begin the repair process. Finally, rub a soft cloth repeatedly over the area to help buff out and polish the scratch. If the repair is done correctly, the area where the scratches were removed can be washed over with water without the scratch reappearing.

The Benefits of Using Walnuts

Walnuts have many benefits for homeowners who are seeking a creative way to repair their wood floors. They are inexpensive, they can repair scratches in a matter of seconds, and they prevent you from having to breathe in fumes from chemical products or sawdust from sanders. Walnuts are also natural and renewable, making them good for the environment.

The Potential Drawbacks of Using Walnuts

In most cases, walnuts won’t work when attempting to repair deep gouges in wood floors. They typically only help fix minor scratches created by things like moving the furniture over the floor. Additionally, walnuts are not as effective on darker woods like cherry or mahogany. However, they are often helpful when used on some of the lighter hardwood floors Carrollton homeowners prefer.

For additional strategies to protect your wood floors, reach out to Carpets Mills of America. In addition to wood flooring, we also offer a wide selection of carpet, laminate, vinyl, and custom limestone floors. Give us a call at 972-418-6606 and one of our friendly representatives would be happy to answer your questions and provide a free quote.