How to Fix a Fresh Scratch on Oak Hardwood Floors

Updated February 21, 2017

Oak hardwood floors provide a warm and inviting look to the decor of a home. Although durable, oak flooring is not immune to scratches and scuff marks. A pet's claws or nails, or rocks embedded in shoe soles can result in an unsightly blemish in your oak floors. Sanding the fresh scratch allows you to remove the indention instead of disguising it with stain pens or markers.

Wipe the scratch area with a clean cloth to remove dirt and dust.

Rub the scratch with a fine-grit, No. 0000 sandpaper. Look at the direction of the wood grain before sanding. Place the sandpaper at the end of the scratch. Working in the direction of the wood grain, gently apply light pressure to the sandpaper as you rub it back and forth over the mark.

Examine the scratch after three to four rubs with the sandpaper. Wipe away residue with the cloth so you can see the progress. If the scratch remains noticeable, continue rubbing with the sandpaper, inspecting the mark after every two to three passes with the sandpaper.

Wipe all residue from the area with a cloth after fixing the scratch. Spray a hardwood cleaner onto the area and wipe away with a clean cloth.


You may need to slightly sand down the area around the fixed scratch mark if a dip in the floor appears noticeable.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloths
  • No. 0000 fine-grit sandpaper
  • Hardwood cleaner
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