How to Fix Scratches on Your Hardwood Floors

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Let’s face it: Scratches on your hardwood floors may be unavoidable. Everyday life — especially in a house full of kids or pets — can leave scratches on even the most pristine floors.

But rest assured, as there’s a quick and inexpensive fix for scratched hardwood floors. All you’ll need is a healthy snack: walnuts.

Why does this trick work? According to, the oils present in the walnut will layer over and help fill in the scratch. However, keep in mind that this method may not be as effective on deep scratches.

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Step 1: Grab a walnut. (Yes, a walnut!)

Make sure to use a raw walnut. It should not be candied, spiced or cooked in any way.

Step 2: Rub the walnut over the scratch.

It’s a good idea to clean the hardwood floor first, says The Spruce. Then, you’ll want to rub the walnut over the scratch in the same direction as the wood grain. It should only take a few passes with the walnut to help make the scratch disappear. 

Step 3: Brush your fingers over the area.

A few strokes over the scratched area should do the trick.

Step 4: Let the scratched area sit for five minutes.

The walnut’s natural oils need time to soak into the wood.

Step 5: Buff the area with a soft washcloth.

If you don’t have a washcloth handy, says any soft cloth, such as a dishcloth, can work.

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Don’t try this trick if you have an allergy to walnuts. And remember, if you have dogs, you’ll want to keep them out of the area until you’re finished cleaning up the scratches. Walnuts can be toxic to them, says the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Discover more ways to hep keep your floors in good shape. Read up on how to remove stains from your carpet and how to remove salt residue from your floors with vinegar.

Originally published on October 10, 2018.

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