I Found a Quick Fix for Scratched Wood Floors—and It's This Inexpensive Marker From Amazon

It works on laminate flooring, too!

When I moved into a new apartment (and learned some serious decluttering truths along the way), I had to accept the blessing/curse dynamic of living in a 90-year-old building. I loved the moldings and tin ceiling in the kitchen, but the flooring had none of its original charms. Over the years, the original hardwood floors had been replaced by a variety of faux wood flooring, which had gotten scuffed and scraped from decades of tenants moving in and out. While some of the worst gashes could be covered up by strategically-placed area rugs, I assumed I'd just have to live with the other unsightly marks.

Then someone recommended a wood stain pen. This amazing tool was just $16.42, and available in seven colors to match many types of wood, from maple to mahogany. With hardwood floors, the color choice would have been easier. With my faux wood, I simply selected the shade that was closest to my laminate floor. Luckily, "Golden Oak" blended in perfectly.

When the marker arrived, I carefully filled in all of the exposed scrapes and scratches on my living room floor. While the marker won't actually fill in chips or dents in the floor, it does make the color of the scratch match the rest of the floor, effectively camouflaging it. Before, when I walked into the living room, my eye was drawn to each mark. Now they no longer attract attention. For a quick fix that can be done in five minutes and for less than $17, the marker had worked its magic.

And the touch-up marker isn't just for flooring—it can also be used on chipped wood furniture, stair banisters, and wood moldings. If all of the wood in your home matches, one marker will do the trick, but if you mix and match walnut and maple, be sure to order a coordinating marker for each.

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