How do you fix worn out spots on hardwood floors? Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home, but they can start looking aged over time. One of the most common problems is when there’s a spot that has started showing its age where people walk frequently or water damage. In this blog post we’ll discuss how you can fix these spot so your floor will continue looking as good as new! How do you know it’s time to replace your hardwood floors? Over 50 years in the industry give us some insight about common problems and their resolutions.

Common problems with hardwood floors

  • Rotten boards

Hardwood floors are not immune to moisture damage. If the wood becomes too wet, it will start rot which is an ugly and unpleasant sight for any home owner! But there’s good news – you can stop this rapid destruction by identifying what caused its high level of humidity in the first place: most often that would be due either leaking pipes or flooding; pest infestation (it’s important to take care when installing a new floor); subfloor installation mistakes like nailed boards without expansion space below them(really common back then people didn’t know better!). Once these problems have been solved call us so we come out right away with our expert team who knows all about keeping your precious hardwood safe from harm

  • worn finish

Generally speaking the finish gets worn from traffic. Heavy traffic areas always worn more than other areas. Heavy traffic makes it extremely difficult in the removal process removal, So get prepared for a lengthy repair.

  • Buckling boards

Common problems with water damaged hardwood floors, like buckling and cupping occur when there is too much moisture. Whether its from a water damage or high humidity. During this type of damage boards will cup from side to side. The boards dry out from side to side faster because its the least path of resistance. Resulting in expansion occuring in the same direction. This causes severe bulking in alot of cases.

Sometimes of the year this boards will almost go flat beleive it or not. Other times of the year I have seen it as high as 1 1/2 foot off of the substrate. This will not repair itself or stay flat eventually.

Its kind of like you solid wood front door. In the winter or rainy season the wood door is solid. in the summer or hot months it will have cracks appear over time. Sometimes big enough to see light through.

  • Broken or gouged boards

This usually occurs when there has been furniture or appliances moved improperly. Heavy objects can ruin a hardwood floor if not handled correctly.

How to Fix Worn Out Spots on Hardwood Floors? The repair process is usually the same. It has to be replace, well atleast the damaged section.


Preselect the exact size boards that you are removing

Get thick guage cardboard floor protection like

cut one foot strips and tape to floor 1/2 outside the damaged area all the way around

draw a line following the damaged area 1 in on the inside of the taped off area in the same patter

now set the depth on your skill saw to just shy of the wood thickness

cut the wood as close to the corners without going over the line. all the way around

now use you isolating tool to finish the cuts to your line

remove the inside of the cut wood with a hammer and prybar

remove the 1 inch area from the cut to good board that is 1/2 from your tape with a hammer and chisel very carefully, without damaging the good wood

scrape subfloor clean tongue and groove , above and below on the remaining wood that is staying down

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Place the boards you preselected as replacements in the correct place. Depending on the length of board and type sometimes you can flex the board for the (short)end tongue and groves to lock together. this is not possible in most cases. You will need to trim the bottom of the grove of this board with a table saw.

If your repairing this on a slab you will need to get this as flat as possible. after it is glued, apply weight to hold it down until the glue dries.

If its a subfloor the process is the same except you will need to face nail this board if its a nail down product. Depending on the size of your area you may not be able to use the floor nailer however you can use a trim gun and place it at an angle


At Kennedy Kitchens and Baths, we are always happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. We’ve been in the business of providing quality hardwood flooring for over 50 years so our team is well-versed in all aspects of wood floor repairing. If you need assistance with this process yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact us today! Schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience at Kennedy Kitchens and Baths. Thank you again for reading this article on how to fix worn out spots in your hardwood floor hopefully it was helpful!



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