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Hardwood Floor Repair

How to repair hardwood floor
Here are some tips on how to avoid damaging your floor:

Dirt and grit act just like sandpaper on any fl oor. To keep grit from entering in your home use dirt-trapping, walk-off mats at all exterior doors. NOFMA recommends placing throw-rugs or small sections of carpet just inside the entrances. Always remember to keep door mats clean.
Vacuum regularly, as often as you vacuum carpets; a brush attachment works beautifully. Don't use the beater bar; it can damage the finish. Sweep or use an untreated dust mop daily or as needed, but do not use a household dust treatment as this may cause your floor to become slick, dull the finish, or interfere with re-coating. Please be aware that vacuum wheels may scratch the surface.
Tips on repairing a hardwood floor:
With special care and skill, you may be able to repair polyurethane finishes yourself. Such repair may be necessary after stain removal or water damage. For a small, relatively inconspicuous area you might be able to repair by cleaning with steel wool followed by paste wax. You won't get an exact match but it could serve as a temporary repair. The alternative is sanding to expose bare wood over the entire room and applying new finish.
Use steel wool or fine sandpaper to remove layers of the finish from the entire length of affected boards. If necessary, stain and let dry completely. Apply the same type polyurethane as the original finish on surrounding strips. Read application direction. Taping the perimeter of the area with a quality release masking tape is helpful.Allow ample drying time. After the finish is dry, remove the tape.

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