Did your floor get a few scratches? Don’t panic! You can easily and quickly repair this one and return the parquet to its full shine. Discover these tips to remove scratches from your parquet and restore its original appearance.

The wooden floor or the parquet is one of the most beautiful and elegant materials that exist, but it is undeniable that it requires proper care to give it a perfect look. However, this is not always easy and over time scratches can appear on the parquet, for example, by moving tables or chairs. Since wood is a natural material, it is very sensitive to changes in humidity and temperature. For this reason, parquet tends to deteriorate prematurely if not properly maintained. The use of mats is highly recommended to protect the floor from this type of damage. In addition, the mats provide excellent heat and sound insulation.

How to remove scratches from parquet?

  • On a wooden floor

Fortunately, there is a very simple homemade trick to remove scratches from parquet. To use it, you only need one product that you surely have in the kitchen: Sunflower oil.

To do this, put a few drops of sunflower oil on a cotton cloth and rub in a circular motion to make scratches and scuffs disappear as if by magic. If the parquet has a darker tone, you can add a few drops of red wine vinegar to the mixture. It will be like new with no scratches! Even better, this trick can also be applied to any worn or damaged wooden furniture. Remember that it is very important that the cloth is cotton and clean to achieve the desired results.

  • On vinyl or PVC flooring

Although vinyl floors are known for their low maintenance, moisture resistance and durability, scratches can still occur. Removing scratches from your vinyl flooring can help keep your floors clean and looking like new. And while not all scratches can be removed, it is possible to make the scratch less noticeable. One way to remove scratches from vinyl floors is to use a paste wax. Here are the steps to follow:

Step One: Clean the surface and then gently buff the scratched area with a scouring pad.

Step Two: Use a paper towel and apply the wax paste in a circular motion. Then carefully wipe off any excess wax from the area. Polish the vinyl floor until you return it to its original shine.

Step three: If you have deeper scratches, you can use a stain pen that matches the color of your floor. Fill the deep scratch with the pen. Next, take a damp cloth and wipe off any excess material from the pen.

How do you bring scratched hardwood flooring back to full shine?

If you want not only to remove scratches, but also to make your parquet shine like new, there is a home solution that works very well. You need to mix the following ingredients: 5 quarts of lukewarm water, 2 tablespoons of tea tree essential oil and ½ cup of apple cider vinegar.

The first and most important step is to thoroughly vacuum the dirt from the parquet. This can be done with a mop or even better with a vacuum cleaner. Avoid using the broom, as it will drag the dirt and end up scratching the floor. Then dip the mop back into the bucket with the mixture, squeeze out excess water and start mopping the floor with the mixture, working your way down. Gradually, you will see that the wood will shine again as it did on the first day. Finally, once you’ve rubbed the entire surface, let it dry and you’re done.

Other tips for natural cleaning of parquet

Do you want to try other methods for washing your parquet? There are many tips you can use but be careful! The right product depends on the treatment of your floor.

  • Water for all floors

You do not want to use a special product? The floor is not too dirty. Mopping with warm water is the best way to clean your hardwood floor. Make sure the damp mop is not too wet. Or dry the floor after cleaning. If too much moisture remains on the floor, it’s bad for the wood. For untreated floors, it is always best to use distilled water.

  • Vinegar for treated parquet

Do you have grease stains on your floor? You can add some cleaning vinegar to the water. Don’t use too much vinegar, as it is a degreaser and can attack an oil coating. It should be used occasionally.

  • Mild household soap for treated floors

Mild household soap can be used to clean hardwood floors. However, it is extremely greasy and may not work well on painted floors.

 Do not use bleach, ammonia or all-purpose cleaners

Use mild soap and vinegar in limited amounts. However, these products are less harsh than bleach, ammonia or all-purpose cleaners. If you use these products occasionally, they won’t damage your hardwood flooring right away. However, if used frequently, they will attack the lacquer coating, damaging your hardwood floor.

How to remove scratches from laminate furniture easily and quickly?

Despite your best care efforts, you may find scratches on your furniture over time. Don’t worry, because there are ways to repair the surface of your laminate furniture.  Here are some recommendations:

  1. Before making repairs, clean your furniture of any particles that may be on it and remove dust and dirt to keep the surface clean. This way, nothing will get stuck in the scratches or interfere with the repair process. You can use a soft microfiber cloth or a soft feather duster.
  2. Depending on the size of the scratch, you may only need a light polish. If it’s a small scratch, crack a nut and gently rub the nut (not the shell) over the scratch. Wipe your surface with a soft cloth and let it soak in. This should help remove the scratch.
  3. You can also try using just a small amount of a mild hardwood cleaner. Using a soft cloth, apply a drop of this cleaner, then lightly wipe the scratch and let it dry. Then rub another soft, dry cloth over the scratch, which will begin to disappear.
  4. If you have a larger scratch on the surface of your furniture, you may need to take additional steps to repair it. One method is to apply “wood filler” a putty-like substance that fills the scratch. You can find wood filler at hardware stores. Be sure to read and follow the instructions before applying the filler.
  5. After application, level the putty so that there is no extra material. Then use a lint-free cloth to gently buff away the scratch. You can also use sandpaper to abrade the putty for a smoother finish. These steps should remove the scratch and give you a clean, flat surface.
  6. If you have an MDF cabinet top, you may want to apply a primer before using the putty. If you use a primer, be sure to allow enough time to dry before applying the filler. The primer will help too.

The primer helps to coat the surface before repair. As you know, follow the instructions carefully when applying the products to your furniture to get the best results.