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7 Hardwood Floor Fixes for a Pro
  1. 1. Water stains

    You may be able to draw out the stain by placing a white cloth over the stain and warming it with an iron, but the repair may require a flooring contractor to sand down and refinish the floor.

  2. 2. Scratches

    A professional hardwood floor installer may be able to buff away minor imperfections in the wood before blending the sanded area with the surrounding wood using progressively finer sandpaper.

  3. 3. Dents

    A small amount of water on dents encourages the wood to swell back to its original shape.

  4. 4. Gaps

    Excessive gaps may result from debris between the boards, excessively moist wood, or improper fitting. Employ a professional to refit the boards, and then fill and sand any remaining gaps.

  5. 5. Buckling

    Wood often buckles as a result of excessive moisture or insufficient expansion space, and if left unchecked this may necessitate entirely new flooring. At the first sign of buckling, remove excess moisture and create additional expansion space around the edges of the room.

  6. 6. Cracks

    Like buckling and shrinking, cracks in the wooden veneer are usually evidence of changes in moisture levels. Rectifying the issue requires filling, sanding, and refinishing. If the cracks are excessive, it may be necessary to replace sections of the floor instead.

  7. 7. Loose floors

    As a result of insufficient adhesive or improper fitting, flooring may start to lift and squeak. Fixing the problem requires a professional installer to inject adhesive under the floor or to screw the floor from underneath.

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