Hardwood Floor Denting

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I just bought a “Hardwood” floor and it immediately starting denting, is the wood defective?

The term “hardwood” has no reference to the actual hardness of the wood, it does not imply that wood is hard and will not dent, gouge or scratch. Hardwood is mostly deciduous trees, but in tropics and subtropics it’s mostly evergreen. Hardwood contrasts with softwood, which comes from conifer trees.

Hardwood, bamboo or cork floorings are strong and resilient but when subject to enough force (high heels, or heavy dropped objects) it will show the effects. The denser the floor- the more difficult it is to dent.

Repair Dents in Hardwood Flooring:

This technique was meant for unfinished wood, but unfortunately, most of the wood we deal with in our homes has some sort of finish on it.

NOTE: USE CAUTION! SOME FINISHES MIGHT TURN WHITE WHEN EXPOSED TO STEAM. TRY THIS IN A HIDDEN AREA BEFORE DOING IT IN A VISIBLE PLACE.

1. Wet the dent
2. Apply a wet cloth or paper towel
3. With the iron on High apply the iron to the wet paper towel or cloth and make a circular motion, don’t keep it in just one position as this might burn the surface of the towel. Make sure there is a lot of steam being generated. Do this for a few minutes and check your results.