If you actually live in your home then theres no way to avoid scratching hardwood floors. My wife reminds me daily that we have to live in our house not sit back and admire it. So, kids, pets, parties and life in general cause us to scratch and abuse our beautiful hardwood floors.
I’ve found a very easy method for repairing (masking) those ugly scratches. This method is a temporary fix until the day when you refinish your hardwood floors. Go to the hardware store and buy a couple of Minwax Stain Markers in the two closest colors you can find. These markers have a stain and urethane mixture that you can apply to the scratch to help hide it from plain site.
First you’ll want to make sure the scratch is clean from dust and debris. Next shake the marker well to mix the stain and urethane well. Apply the stain liberally to the scratch. Now heres the important step: use a clean rag to remove any excess stain before it dries. This helps keep any stain from discoloring the adjacent wood and keep it only on the scratch. You may need to try several colors before you find one that works best for your floor. The nice thing with this approach is even if the color isn’t a perfect match, you’ll find that a colored scratch typically resembles wood grain and not a scratch anymore.
This method will hold you over until you refinish the wood floors in the future. I keep several of these pens around the house to touch up the floors and even scratches in the cabinets and on furniture! Do you have a tip for fixing scratches?