Fixes for Scratched, Burned and Squeaky Floors

There are quick fixes to many of the problems on home floors whether the floor is scratched, burned or just plain squeaky. That squeak is screaming to be fixed, and you’ve heard that the squeaky wheel gets the oil.

While that scratch just sits there patiently waiting for someone to get around to fixing it. There is an easy quick fix and we’ll deal with the scratch on the wood flooring first. It really depends on the type of floor and the type of finishing as well.

If the floor is finished with wax you can conceal the scratch with a good amount of wood-floor paste wax. Rub it in by using a fine-grain steel wool pad; wipe away the excess wax and buff it lightly with a cloth.

If your wood floor has a surface finish whether water or oil based, try using the meat from a crushed pecan or walnut and rub it over the surface scratch to hide the scratch.

Is there a blister in your kitchen linoleum? Puncture the hole first with a sharp nail, then shoot some flooring adhesive through the hole and under the blister. Cover the blister with a couple of brick weights and let it cure for at least 24 hours.

If you have vinyl kitchen tile and one tile is damaged, the easiest way to fix it is to remove the damaged tile and replace with a replacement tile. If you didn’t keep any tiles from when the floor was installed, check under the refrigerator or stove and remove the tile. Hopefully the colors are similar, but it’s still better than the damaged tile. Over time you won’t be able to tell the difference.

If you have a ceramic tile floor that has chipped or cracked, it can be replaced. Remove the tile and try to remove as much adhesive as possible. Lay down the new piece of tile on new adhesive and press it in place. Then grout around the new piece and let it sit for at least 24 hours.

If you have a piece of damaged carpet, possibly it was burned by a cigarette or candle, clip away the damaged fibers with sharp scissors and vacuum. Try to scrub the darkened area with a scouring pad.

If the damaged carpet is larger and the entire area needs replacing, try to find a piece of carpet in a closet and cut it to fit. A utility knife and a large jar lid will enable you to cut a circle while cutting the concealed piece the same way. Use double edge tape or carpet adhesive to set the patch firmly in place.

Quick fixes are easy fixes that will conceal the damaged flooring. We’ll have to deal with the squeaky floor later.

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