Have you ever been embarrassed to have guests come over for dinner because of the worn places in the hardwood floors finish around the dining room chairs?

You’ve been putting it off because you thought you’d have to hire someone to resand and finish the entire floor. Depending on the severity of the damage, that may be true, but if the damage to your floors is limited to a small area, you can repair them in time for your next dinner guest.

If you tape the area off with painters tape, following the lines created by the edges of the hardwood, make sure to follow the staggered ends of each board as well as the edges. This allows the newly repaired area to blend in with the surrounding floor.

With the area taped, lightly sand the damaged area to remove the gloss from the finish which will allow the new finish to bond properly. If the damage has worn down below any stain that may have been applied, this must be touched up with matching stain and allowed to dry overnight. Once the stain blend has met your expectations, you may begin the application of the finish. Decide if the current finish is flat, satin, semi-gloss or full gloss. Remember that depending on the age of the original floor, what was once a full gloss may be repaired with a semi-gloss to off-set the aging process.

Apply the first coat of finish and let it dry according to the length of time indicated on the can. Lightly sand between the coats and put three coats of finish to the repaired area. Use a clear polyurethane finish for this procedure and purchase several throw away brushes for the project.

In no time at all, you’ll have that floor looking fine, and you can get back to writing out those dinner invitations.

JD Norris is the owner/operator of DreamMaker Bath&Kitchen and a certified S.C. Master Builder, certified “Aging in Place” Specialist and certified Green Professional.