Having new hardwood flooring installed is something that you're looking forward to. But what happens when you move your furniture back into place and a heavy piece is dropped on it? Hopefully nothing happens, but unfortunately, you may end up with the dent in your beautiful new floor. Before you think that you have to cover it up with a rug, use the steps in this guide to lift the dent, so it looks like nothing ever happened.
Step 1: Grab a Few Supplies
Before beginning the project, go ahead and finish setting up the furniture. Then grab these supplies to fix the dent.
- medium-grit sandpaper
- hand vacuum
- a white cotton cloth
- an iron
- fine-grit sandpaper
- floor wax
Step 2: Sand the Dent
Sand the wax off the inside of the dent with the medium-grit sandpaper. When finished, sand a little bit of the area surrounding the dent as well.
Use the hand vacuum to suck up the wax particles.
Step 3: Prepare the Cotton Cloth
Cut the white cotton cloth into several strips, big enough to cover the dent. Caution: The cloth must be white because the dye in colored cloths could stain your floor.
Wet the cloths with water and wring them out. Make sure that they are completely wet, but not so soaked that they drip.
Place the strips over the dent in a crisscross fashion, until you have a few layers on top of the surface.
Step 4: Apply the Iron
Turn your iron to its highest setting. When the indicator light comes on, demonstrating that it's heated to the highest temperature, place the iron the cotton strips.
Let the iron sit on the spot for a few minutes. Remove the iron and the strips to see if the dent has lifted so that it is even with the rest of the floor. If not, repeat the process of wetting the cotton strips and applying the iron, checking every few minutes to see if the surface is level.
Once the dent is gone, remove the cotton strips and allow the floor to dry for a day.
Step 5: Sand the Surface
Use the fine-grit sandpaper to sand any rough spots of remaining wax.
Step 6: Apply the Floor Wax
Apply the floor wax that your contractor used to give the area an even sheen and appearance. Make sure the wax is dry before walking on the area.
Expect to spend about an hour performing the actual steps of removing a dent from your new hardwood floors. Ask a contractor like Capitol Floor Covering Inc for other tips and tricks for hardwood flooring repair, in case you need them after the initial install.