How to Repair Scratches on Heart of Pine Floors

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Flooring made from "heart of pine" (also known as "heart pine") makes for an attractive -- if less than durable -- surface for homeowners to install in their residences. To repair a scratch in one of the heart pine planks in the floor, fill the scratch in and sand it down. The procedure is straightforward and, once done correctly, will not damage the tight grain pattern or unique red-amber colouring. A few supplies from a home centre store will be needed.

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Things you need

  • Plastic sheeting
  • Masking tape
  • Wood putty
  • Toothpick
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Fine-grit sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Place plastic sheeting around the scratch to protect the surrounding area. Secure the plastic sheeting to the floor with masking tape.

  2. 2

    Apply wood putty to the end of a toothpick. Run the end of the toothpick along the length of the scratch to fill it with wood putty. Continue doing this until the wood putty has filled the scratch completely. Dispose of the toothpick in the trash. Let the wood putty set overnight. Vacuum the area over the scratch.

  3. 3

    Place the gritty side of the sandpaper on one side of the scratch. Press down on the sandpaper as you pull it along the length of the scratch, following the direction of the grain of the heart pine wood. Remove the sandpaper when you reach the other side of the scratch. Repeat this procedure until the surface of the pine where the scratch was is even with the rest of the floor.

  4. 4

    Remove the masking tape from the plastic sheeting. Remove the plastic sheeting. Vacuum the area to remove any dust.

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