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Can Walnuts Fix Scratches on Hardwood Floors?

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by

If you’ve noticed a scratch on your beautiful hardwood floor, try not to stress because there’s a good chance you can repair it. Before you rush off to purchase a scratch concealer, you might be surprised to hear the solution to your problem could be hiding in your pantry. The staff at Unique Flooring, a trusted provider of wood flooring in San Diego, is here to show you how walnuts can be used to remove scratches on wood floors.

Visible scratches can occur if the finish of a wood floor is scraped off, exposing the unfinished wood beneath. Walnuts work well as a repair solution because the oil from the nut acts as a surfactant. The walnut oil helps darken the wood, smoothing superficial scratches and leaving a finish similar to the original finishes of your wood floor.

To fix a scratch in your hardwood floor, break off a piece of walnut flesh and rub it in a circular motion across the scratch. This action causes the oils to release into the wood. Next, allow the oils to sit and soak into the wood for a few minutes. After they have had time to soak, use a cloth to buff the floor along the length of the scratch. In many cases, the walnut oil will greatly reduce the visibility of the scratch, and previously glaring scuffs and scrapes may become nearly imperceptible.

The walnut oil repair technique has relatively long-lasting results. The oils should remain even after you’ve cleaned the floor. If the scratch becomes visible again, the solution isn’t too complicated: just crack open another walnut and work some more oil into the scratch. Walnuts are not the only nuts that can help repair scratches. This technique can also be performed using Brazil nuts, almonds, and pecans.

There are a few limitations when using walnuts to repair wood scratches. Walnut oil works best on lighter-colored hardwood like the Kahrs flooring San Diego residents love, and it can’t fix any deep scratches or significant gashes. However, it is a more accessible and affordable option than traditional polishes and oils.

Though most hardwood floors stand up against damage, it’s important to take care of them so they can continue looking beautiful. To learn more ways to keep your wood floors looking as good as new, get in touch with Unique Flooring. In addition to our wide selection of hardwood floors, we also offer the high-quality laminate, tile, vinyl, and carpet flooring San Diego homeowners prefer. Stop by our showroom or give us a call at 760-945-0010 for a free quote.

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