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How to Remove Surface Scratches from Wood Floor

Over the years, our wood floors face a lot of wear and tear.  From dirt being tracked in through the house, to pets and kids running around and playing, to furniture being moved and dragged, there are a lot of things that contribute to the slow wear of your wood floors.  

Luckily, there’s an easy, affordable, and quick way to revive your floors.  

Keep reading to learn about deep cleaning your wood floors and how to screen and recoat. 

 

Deep Cleaning Your Wood Floors

Oftentimes, the one thing standing in the way of you and a fresh-looking floor is a deep clean. When we say deep clean, we don’t just mean breaking out the ol’ mop and bucket, we are talking about some serious cleaning.  

What Do I Need to Deep Clean My Wood Floors?

  • A floor buffer. These can be rented from Home Depot, Lowe’s or your local rental shop.  
    • *If you cannot rent a floor buffer, an orbital sander can be used as an alternative.  
  • A maroon pad for the buffer. Maroon pads help to slightly abrade the surface and lift all the dirt stuck in your floor.  
  • A good floor cleaner that is safe for wood floors, such as the Vermont Natural Coatings’ EPA Safer Choice Non-Toxic Floor Cleaner 
  • A mop to clean up the excess dirt.  

How Do I Deep Clean My Wood Floors?

Step 1: Vacuum your floor to remove any loose dirt, dust, and debris.

Step 2: Cover the floor with wood-safe floor cleaner.

Step 3: Apply maroon pad to the buffer and begin buffing! Watch the years of dirt and grime lift from your wood floors.

Step 4: Once you have buffed the cleaner across the floor, use a mop to clean up the excess dirt.

Step 5: Allow the floor to completely dry.

Screening and Recoating Your Wood Floors

A deep clean may have been the perfect way to revive your wood floors. If you’re looking to take it a step further to eliminate surface scratches, a screen and recoat will be your next step.  

What is a Screen and Recoat?

A screen and recoat is when a finer grit abrasive made for a buffer, or, “screen”, is used to gently scuff the surface removing any surface scratches and creating an easily adherable surface for a new coat of floor finish.  

What Do I Need to Screen and Recoat My Floors?

  • A floor buffer. These can be rented from Home Depot or your local rental shop.  
    • *If you cannot rent a floor buffer, an orbital sander can be used as an alternative. 
  • A maroon pad for the buffer. Maroon pads help to slightly abrade the surface and lift all the dirt stuck in your floor.  
  • A 150-220 grit screen for the buffer. We recommend not going any lower than 150 grit as you can add more scratches to your floor. In our video, we used 180 grit.  
  • A vacuum to remove the dust after screening.  
  • A microfiber mop, old t shirts, or towels to tack the floor after vacuuming.  
  • A durable, low VOC floor finish, such as Vermont Natural Coatings’ Floor Finish.  
  • A roller 
  • A stir stick 

How Do I Screen and Recoat My Floors?

Step 1: After the floor is clean and dry, apply maroon pad and screen to buffer.  

Step 2: Run the buffer across the floor, being sure to follow the grain of the wood.

Step 3: Vacuum the floor clean.

Step 4: With a dry mop, tack the floor. This will remove any leftover dust that the vacuum missed.

Step 5: Open your finish and stir until completely incorporated. Pour the finish into a paint tray or directly onto the floor. Be sure to begin with a larger bead of finish to wet your roller with. Roll onto your floor.

Step 6: Allow the finish to dry for two hours. Visit the Floor Finish Product Profile for specific instructions on drying time. 

Step 7: Step back and take pride in your hard work and fresh-looking floors!

Want to see these methods in action? Check out our step-by-step video on our YouTube channel.

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