How to repair scratches in parquet flooring

Written by john smith
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As anyone who has ever watched a Boston Celtics' home basketball game can attest, the patterns of parquet floors can be eye-catching. Parquet floors are thin and hold up well against damage; but like any hardwood floor, they require maintenance. Another benefit: Their scratches can be relatively easy to repair. The method used to repair parquet flooring largely hinges on the severity of the scratch.

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Things you need

  • Touch-up wax marker
  • Putty knife
  • Cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain
  • Finish

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    Draw over the scratch with a touch-up marker (or stick) made of wax. These markers can be found at home improvement and flooring stores.

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    Scrape away any excess colouring from the floor with a putty knife.

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    Buff (or smooth out) the area of the scratch with a cloth.

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    Mark off the scratched area with masking tape.

  2. 2

    Remove the finish from the scratched area with fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe away any dust or grit with a brush.

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    Re-stain the floor with a stain that matches the colour of your parquet floor.

  4. 4

    Apply a new finish and buff the floor. The finish used on parquet floors varies. Older parquet floors often have a varnish or shellac finish. Newer parquet floors are usually finished with polyurethane.

Tips and warnings

  • Products are available that are similar to the markers but instead cover the scratch with wood stain. As is the case with the markers, it's a good idea to test the colour on a spare piece of parquet flooring to see if it matches up with your floor. You can also take a spare piece to a flooring store and ask them to match up the colours there.
  • A piece of parquet flooring that has been severely damaged or scratched may have to be replaced.

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