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By Dokkodo
#1219122
So me mums moving out of her rented house tomorrow and theres a nasty gouge about a meter long in some of the parquet flooring that we think we or the last movers are responsible for.

Be appreciated if anyone knows a trick to minimise the visual impact of the damage, i presume go at it with a scraper maybe and then sand it in but that leaves the problems of matching the finish, which i guess must be pretty hard now that this lot has aged to its current state...

Without seeing it I initially told her to try oiling a bit of the scratch to darken it in but she did the lot and its not really helped.

Also, elsewhere, she dropped something heavy and its put a huge dent in the floor, my guess its too severe to do much about but any further suggestions much appreciated (steam?)
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By Pete Maddex
#1219136
Wet tea towel and iron should reduce the depth of dent, the steam should soften the wood and help it swell back.

Pete
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By custard
#1219138
The first thing to try is steaming out the dent, you should never start scraping or sanding until you've exhausted the possibilities of steaming.

Here's a drawer front with a nasty dent.
Steaming-Out-Dents-01.jpg


Looking closer you can see it goes pretty deep, but as long as none of the fibres have been severed it's amazing what you can recover.
Steaming-Out-Dents-02.jpg


Dampen the area and give it a moment to sink in, cover the dent with a damp cloth and then use an iron set at no higher than the "Cotton" setting. As soon as the cloth looks dry then stop, you don't want to singe the wood.
Steaming-Out-Dents-03.jpg


It might take two or three applications of this treatment, but as you can see it's an impressive cure.
Steaming-Out-Dents-04.jpg


For this to work you have to get moisture into the wood, so for flooring you might have a problem if there's a water resistant finish on top.
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By Setch
#1219168
for deep dents I prefer the tip of a soldering iron, I find this really focuses the steam where it is needed.
By Jasper42
#1219849
custard wrote:The first thing to try is steaming out the dent, you should never start scraping or sanding until you've exhausted the possibilities of steaming.

Here's a drawer front with a nasty dent.
Steaming-Out-Dents-01.jpg


Looking closer you can see it goes pretty deep, but as long as none of the fibres have been severed it's amazing what you can recover.
Steaming-Out-Dents-02.jpg


Dampen the area and give it a moment to sink in, cover the dent with a damp cloth and then use an iron set at no higher than the "Cotton" setting. As soon as the cloth looks dry then stop, you don't want to singe the wood.
Steaming-Out-Dents-03.jpg


It might take two or three applications of this treatment, but as you can see it's an impressive cure.
Steaming-Out-Dents-04.jpg


For this to work you have to get moisture into the wood, so for flooring you might have a problem if there's a water resistant finish on top.


Tried this on a dent in a wood fire surround, luckily before moving to sandpaper. Worked really well after 2 applications. Very useful bit of advice and thank you custard =D>