Quick Fix: How to Use a Walnut to Remove Scratches on Your Hardwood Floor
Let’s face it: Scratches on your hardwood floors may be unavoidable. Everyday life — especially in a house full of kids — can be bound to lead to a scratch or two (or even three!) on your once-gleaming boards.
But rest assured, there’s a quick and inexpensive fix. All you’ll need is a healthy snack.
Why does this trick work? According to BobVila.com, the oils present in the walnut will layer over and help fill in the scratch.
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.
You’ll want to rub it 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 should do the trick!
Step 4: Let the scratch area sit for five minutes.
The walnut’s natural oils need time to soak into the wood.
Step 5: Buff the area with a washcloth.
If you don’t have a washcloth handy, BobVila.com says any soft cloth, such as a dishcloth, can work.
Voilà! The scratch is gone.
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 poisonous to them, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says.
Have several scratches and want to get the work done faster? Get your kids involved. Tell them it’s like coloring — just make sure they don’t try to eat the walnuts afterwards!