How to Repair a Splintered Floor PDF Print E-mail

Tools and Materials

  • Tweezers
  • Painters' Tape
  • Dental Floss
  • Damp Rag
  • Toothpick
  • Wood Putty
  • Wood Glue
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper


Don't Try and Break off the Splinter!

     Trying to pull up the splitter will likely result in pulling up more wood that you had expected to. So, now what was once just a small splinter has now turned into a much larger problem.


     However, if you do manage to break off the larger splinter, be aware that it will leave a large cleft in your floor. If you elect not to break off the splinter, know that you must take care of it right away or risk serious pain later. Instead of trying to break it off, follow these step by step instructions.


Clean the Area

     One of the best ways to fix a hardwood floor sliver is to simply glue it down. However, because we are dealing with glue here, you are going to want to completely clean the area of any debris, dirt, or dust.  Make sure nothing has gotten underneath the sliver. If there is stuff trapped underneath the sliver, try using a toothpick, a pair of tweezers or even some dental floss to clean it out.


Gluing Down the Splinter

     Once the area is ready and any debris has been taken care of, apply a small amount of wood glue to the splinter. To keep it in place and level with the rest of the floor, apply a layer of either painting or masking tape. Let the glue dry for about 12 hours, then, carefully remove the tape.


Filling in the Rest

     Sometimes, small pieces will break off and you will need to fill them in. Any wood putty you can find should do the trick. Apply wherever needed and let it dry. Once completely dried, sand it so it is level with the surrounding floor surface.


Hopefully at this point you are looking at a perfectly repaired hardwood floor; no more mean old splinters sticking out!


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