Hardwood floors offer a unique and elegant appearance to any home. But we all know that all valuable things require special attention and proper maintenance. Wood is very demanding, and when not cared for accordingly, it will suffer.
Even those perfectly installed floors tend to dry and shrink in time, leaving room for cracks and gaps.
Cracks in the wooden planks must be repaired because they fill with dirt and are the perfect hiding place for insects and bacteria.
The good news is that if you follow these simple tips, you’ll be able to handle these hardwood cracks with ease. Making your hardwood floor look good as new is easier than you think, and you don’t need to be an expert to do it.
Tips For Protecting Wooden Floors Against Cracks
- Wooden floors are very sensitive. Dust particles, dirt, and moisture can irremediably deteriorate it. The first thing you need to do to protect it is to place a carpet over it near the entrance-way. This safeguards it against all the traffic, moisture, and temperature variations.
- Washing the floor on a regular basis is important, but remember that water is wood’s worst enemy; pay attention to the amount of water you use.
- Use a special wood floor cleaning product; make sure you squeeze the mop or cloth before wiping the it.
- If you leave too much water on the floor, the wood will swell, then dry, causing cracks and gaps to appear.
Rope can be used to fill large gaps. It’s a natural material that blends in with the wood’s color and texture. Choose a rope with a similar width as the crack and tint it with wood stain if needed. Make sure you dry it before proceeding any further.
Sawdust is the most popular natural wood filler that you can make at home. It’s easy to prepare and you hardly need to spend any money on it. All you need is some sawdust, which you can easily obtain from sanding the floors, or after cutting some pieces of wood. Mix it with glue until you reach the consistency of a toothpaste. Sawdust paste is highly resistant and has the same color and texture as wood.
Wood putty is a ready-mixed paste sold in any hardware store. The advantage is that it’s available in a multitude of colors, which means you can apply it on your already finished flooring without having to refinish after you’re done. Wood putty is the best filler for cracks under 1/8 inch.
Step-by-step Instructions For Filling The Cracks
- Clean the cracks using a knife to remove all dirt and residue.
- Use a hardwood vacuum cleaner to vacuum the area and make sure that all debris is removed.
- Use a putty knife to fill the crack with a piece of rope, sawdust paste, or wood putty.
- If you’re using rope, push the rope inside until it fills the crack or gap. If you’re using sawdust paste, keep the paste warm during the entire process, otherwise it’ll harden and will become impossible to handle. Wood putty dries slowly and can be handled just like sawdust.
- After filling the cracks, level it and leave it to dry.
- Sand the floor, apply a latex wood filler, and sand again using a finer-grit sandpaper.
If you follow these simple steps, hardwood floor cracks will never cause you a major problem ever again. If you found this article useful, please remember to share it with others who might also benefit from it.