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Three Fast Hardwood Flooring Repairs and Fixes

By Michael Hilton

Are your hardwood floors slightly past their prime? When the space beneath your feet is a major trouble spot and refinishing or replacing isn't it in the budget, consider these fast fixes for your floors.

  1. Rock The Rug. Rugs can salvage your indoor décor for a mere fraction of the cost of refinishing wood flooring. They do wonders for warming up chilly floors--like tile or painted concrete. Go bold here. Rusty reds and deep oranges are in. Look for colors that will really pop as well as warm the feeling of a room. Area rugs don't have to be fancy. A certain Swedish-based home goods chain offers light-hearted throw rugs that let you get playful with your decorating. You can also shop for carpet remnants as an inexpensive alternative, just get them bound. Don't forget to tie your rugs back into the room with coordinating throw pillows or other low-cost accessories. You'll update your look and camouflage your flaws at the same time.
  2. Let It Shine. Solid wood floors are beautiful, classic, and prone to scratches, dents, and scuffs. Scuffs are easy. Grab a pencil eraser and start rubbing. For scratches and dents, the first thing you must determine is what kind of floor you have--wax or polyurethane. Urethane floors can be touched up with a wax kits available at most hardware stores. Wax floors require a little more ingenuity. You can try covering the scratch with filler, like commercially available putty, or concealing it with a dab of finish, crayon, or magic marker. Just make sure the color is an exact match. If those fixes don't fly, you're looking at a lot of elbow grease. You can check out any number of do-it-yourself sites for step-by-step instructions on sanding out the scratches.
  3. Look The Other Way. When there is no hope left, you still have an option--draw attention away from the problem. Start with a thorough bath for the floors. Then buff them up with a soft, white cloth. You may be surprised at how much less shabby they look. Now, draw the eye up and away. Use bold colors and patterns on slipcovers, curtains, and tablecloths anywhere to distract from what's below. If you have long, flowing window treatments, try tying them up off from the floor with a brightly colored sash. One word of caution. Don't get carried away. Too much color and your living room winds up looking like a fiesta.

It's best not to let your hardwood floors get to this state in the first place. A regular cleaning, sweep and mop, once a week will keep them in better shape. Don't wear shoes indoors if you can avoid it. If you must, find a pair with soft soles and use them just for that purpose.

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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