One of the scariest things in my house is watching one of my children drag something heavy across my beautiful floorboards. I mean, sure, there could be scarier things, though when it comes to my floorboards, I am a little pedantic.

It took me a while to get to this point, but now, after some serious research, I know exactly how to fix scratches in wooden floors and furniture and I love it so much, I thought it time I share my expertise with the world.

Here are my findings on how to fix scratches in wooden floors!

Whenever I find a scratch, I’m straight onto sorting it out – doesn’t matter how big or small the scratch is, or if it’s on the floor or on my dining room table, my first point of call is always the kids and it usually starts with me asking…. *a little too loudly* WHY?? (cue the “I was just…” “I didn’t mean to…” “She did it”). After I’ve had my little meltdown, I reassess how I got to this point, shake my head and move onto the fixing part.

My first point of call is to gently clean the area, sweep with a soft broom and go over with a damp mop (highly recommend the Vileda Easy Wring & Clean Turbo Spin Mop that’s being reviewed by our members here) and if that doesn’t get rid of the little scratch, have a little feel of it to determine if it just requires a small amount of varnish applied or it’s time to move onto the next phase – sanding.

If you’ve got lovely hardwood flooring and/or furniture a little scratch can be easily buffed out, though you’ll need to be sure you have the equipment required on hand before you begin this process, you’ll need some sandpaper, a broom and wood stain (in the right colour, patch test this in an inconspicuous area before you apply to an area readily viewed – your local hardware store will have a range of stains available).

4 easy steps to fix scratches in wooden floors and furniture:

  1. Have your equipment ready – sandpaper, wood stain/varnish / broom
  2. Start sanding the floor area in the direction of the grain, be careful not to push too hard and only do little bits at a time, you don’t want to sand away too much and try to ensure it is even.
  3. Clean the area thoroughly with your soft broom
  4. Apply the varnish / wood stain to the area and allow to dry

There are other methods out there to remove small scratches such as using walnuts (what?!?), olive oil and baking soda (this did not work for me), and wood fillers though the above method has worked for me time and time again – if you have scratches on your wooden floor or on furniture, give this one a go before you try any other expensive products.

If you’ve got more wear and tear than just the odd little scratch it’s usually a full refinish that will be required, in most cases it’s best to trust the experts in these types of situations. Luckily if you get onto little scratches nice and quickly, you may not have to go down the path of refinishing the whole house.

Try out this easy method and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

We are proud to be working closely with the Vileda team to bring you this article. We love that we feel safe and clean using Vileda products and that we can rely on Vileda products for superior, thorough and effective all-round home hygiene. Vileda – It feels great to feel at home.

*Please note to always check with the manufacturer before commencing any of the above tips and tricks to ensure you are following advice particular to your flooring materials.

  • Great tip, I have white washed wooden floors and the fear of stains frightens me more than scratches.


  • Handy tips that i will try.


  • I think I have too many scratches on my wooden floor boards, if I remove them it might look weird cause we are so used to having it covered in them.


  • I now have wooden floors so will have to keep these tips handy


  • Yes, I’ve worked scratches away with sanding paper and wood varnish too


  • I think my floors are beyond help- it was tenanted before we owned it and has had a hard life.


  • Our whole house has wooden floors apart from that bedrooms and there are numerous scratches and fading so a whole refinishing is the only option. Good ideas for when we’re done though


  • Great tips, I will need to save this!


  • Thank you for sharing your secret with us


  • My problem isn’t the scratch – it’s the indentation of whatever caused it in the first place. Just can’t get that out easily and I would have to redo the whole surface with your method. At present I just cover it up with a pot plant – but one day it will have to be resolved.


  • Great tips. We have wooden floorboards and they can be so easy to scratch


  • I’m going to have to try some of these! Rental with polished floorboards was prob not the greatest idea with these little ones!!!!


  • Thanks for the tips.
    Our bamboo flooring is deeply scratched in a lot of noticeable areas.
    I’m worried to try and sand it… but might give it a go after reading this


  • Great ideas but I would be scared to do more damage than what the children have already done due to trying to get the stain correct. In our house we just leave it as guests understand kids happen


  • Good and timely article and tips, though cautious that it would be easier to make it worse even following the tips to the letter. It depends on your finish as well, if you can replicate this after sanding. Sometimes you have to live with it, move something over it if possible, or pay a professional to fix it


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