3 Easy Hacks For Common Hardwood Floor Problems

Hardwood floors add a touch of warmth and elegance to any home. But these floors can prove problematic when it comes time to clean, and loose boards can cause an annoying squeak when people walk through the room.

Here are three easy hacks for common hardwood floor problems.

Use Baby Powder to Stop Squeaks

Squeaking hardwood floors often happen due to a board coming a bit loose and rubbing against its neighboring board. The fix involves putting in a lubricant that will keep those two boards from making a sound when they rub.

Regular baby powder is a great, inexpensive treatment for this problem. Identify the squeaking boards by slowly walking around the room and listening. Remove any carpets or furniture that is in the way. Then, sprinkle a generous amount of baby powder directly into the crack between the two boards, making sure you follow the entire crack from wall to wall.

You can then sweep up the excess baby powder. Repeat the process whenever the squeaking returns.

Cover Scratches with Shoe Polish

Large scratches on a hardwood floor require hiring in a cleaning crew or renting a sander to buff the scratches out of the surface. But small scratches can be easy to patch if you have a warm, darker color of floor wood that matches a color of shoe polish sold in stores.

The color match doesn't have to be exact, particularly if the scratch is in a shady corner or right against a wall. But you do want to get in the ballpark of the same shade. Follow the package direction on the shoe polish to slowly and carefully paint over the scratch mark. Allow it to dry for the specified length of time before touching or walking over the polish.

Use Iron and Cotton Cloth on New Water Stains

Old water stains on the floor will be darker in color and will again require a professional cleaner and/or a good sanding. Newer stains will be white-toned since they sit on top of the floor varnish without deeply sinking into the wood itself. For newer stains, you can use a simple clothing iron and a dry cotton cloth.

Place the cloth over the stain and set the iron to a steam-free setting. Slowly pass the iron over the cloth for about five minutes. Allow the cloth to cool slightly and look underneath to see if anything is happening to the stain. Chances are good that the stain is starting to disappear. In this case, keep using the iron until the stain is completely gone.

If a few floorboards need replacement, contact professional contractors, such as A B Cushing Mills Ltd.