Originally Posted by jessicaneger78 View Post
Modern wood-floor finishes can take quite a bit of abuse, but accidents do happen. You can try to camouflage scratches and other minor damage on an otherwise beautiful floor. If the results don't satisfy you or if you can't make certain areas blend in, a screening and overcoat may help. Some situations require complete refinishing.
Although the above statements are true, the narrative is disconnected with the title of the thread. Your post does little tell tell anyone here anything about "How To touch up floors." Nor does it shed light on how to fill scratches, how to camoufage with stains or otherwise do a minor repair on a floor finish. Nor does it shed light on refinshing a floor.
I know how I do minor repairs. Usually I'll wipe the scratch with stain to color-match then with some thinned finish. If a deep scratch or gouge, then I'll fill with a repair filler, then stain. Sometimes I'll use a stain pen marker. Sometimes If I have a color that is close, I'll use a laminate scratch filler (comes in colors in tubes.)
Sometimes if you see the scratch happen (new) and it hasn't had time to be there a while yet and collect dirt in it, then you can try to rub it out with a quarter... then rub a thin coat of paste wax into it. Sometimes you can do the ame with a walnut shell, which will also add walnut oils to the scratch.
On minor wear-through's, warm up the room, clean, light
sand, stain if needed and finish. (Using extra-fine sandpaper or steel wool to gently buff the scratches or chipped areas, then use a cotton swab or small paintbrush to restain wood. Always easier to do that than to strip and do a patch, I always have problems doing that to a "patch" area, where you strip just an area completely down, then try blending that in.
Even waterbased floor finishes seem to have some smell to them until dried, but are less toxic fumes.
Anyone want to add to this (please)?