Wood floors are growing prominence for their beauty and contemporary preservation methods. They are generally easy to care for as well. But what happens when cracks form in or between the boards? We have good news. This problem can be both rectified and even avoided with proper floor upkeep.The hardwood flooring experts at Wall 2 Wall have some suggestions to help you keep your flooring looking as good as new. Sealing cracked wood floors can be done in various ways, depending on whether the floor is finished or incomplete and the severity of the problem.
1. Use Adaptable Gap Fillers
Several of the fillers used to keep some elasticity after drying. They are a good choice for sealing microscopic fissures since they are less prone to be forced out if the boards expand. Filler application is a straightforward technique that requires only a caulk trimmer and a caulk gun or comparable removal instrument.
To implement this strategy:
- Start by suctioning the cracks with a hose attachment. This will help remove any debris that may be preventing the filler from adhering to the boards.
- Insert the end of the filler tube into the caulk gun with a little tilt. This tilt will enable you to control the filler application while preventing unequal coverage.
- Add the filler to the gap as you would normally add caulking; then use your trimmer to scrape away any excess carefully.
- To prevent leaving stains or other defects on your floor, carefully follow the recommendations on the filler tube when cleaning up.
2. Make Use of Wood Scraps
One common method for covering wider gaps in wood floor cracking is to use pieces of the same kind of wood as your floor. Ensure the area is moist to keep from having your wood panel forced out the next time your floors expand. Split the strips in half and glue the two halves together.
Then, fasten the strips between both the boards with a hammer with cushioning, leaving a small bit above the floor height. After the glue sets, scrape the extra wood using a woodworking plane to ensure that the surface becomes glossy over the repair site. It’s worth noting that this technique works best with square-curtain boards and is unsuccessful with tongue-and-groove flooring.
3. Make Use of Rope
An old but still popular method of crack closure utilizes a rope. This approach is evocative of Arabian shipbuilding traditions, and it provides a small amount of insulation.
You’ll need to gauge the rope to suit, just like you did with the wood. Avoid using synthetic rope. All you do is wedge it into place, filling the cracks as you would with caulking. Make sure the rope fillers are level with the adjoining boards. After that, you can dye the rope to suit the color of your floor.
4. Make Use of Sawdust
Using fine sawdust to cover holes in a cracked wood floor is a simple way to fill them. Larger sawdust may have undesirable grain. Thus, sanding wood of a similar species is ideal.
To use this method:
- Gather sufficient sawdust for the floor area that needs to be fixed. If you don’t have any spare pieces of matching wood, you can go to a flooring shop and buy some.
- If you can’t find matching wood, you’ll have to retool a portion of the current floor. Take a strip from the floor’s border or a portion from beneath a doorway, which will be covered by the doorframe when re-laid, by pulling up the baseboard and prying up a piece from the floor’s border.
- Using a belt sander, sand a cup or two of sawdust from the piece of wood.
- To form a reasonably thick paste, combine the sawdust and wood glue.
- Lay the sawdust into the crevices using a plastic spatula. Make an effort to finish it as smoothly as possible. Wipe any excess off the spot and nearby floors with a moist cloth. To avoid dragging filler out of the patch, wipe on a diagonal.
- Allow the filler to dry for a few days.
- Lightly sand.
- If there is a significant color difference between the patch and the remainder of the floor, you may need to re-stain it. Stain the patch with a tiny artist’s brush. Allow it to dry for a minute before wiping away. Allow the stain to dry overnight before applying a coat of varnish to the patch using a small artist’s brush.
5. Replacement of the Whole Floor
If the problem with your wood floor cracking is more severe, you may need to completely replace it. This is the case if the spaces are wide and many or when other signs of board deterioration are present, such as missing or warping slivers. While this is a costly alternative, trying to fix a badly deteriorated wood floor can end up costing you even more money over the long term.
Preventing Wood Floor Cracks
Following are some of the things that may cause your wood floor to crack in the future. Knowing these, you can prevent cracks in the future.
Low humidity levels may wreak havoc on your floor. Low levels allow the wood to dry out, which weakens it and causes the floor to crack. This drying process can also cause the floor to check, which means the wood will crack along the pattern. Low humidity might also degrade the finish, causing routine maintenance problems.
Keeping a small humidifier in the area or using your furnace’s humidifier will help balance the humidity and prevent this problem. Proper humidity levels in your house will also improve your family’s health, so this preventative action has numerous advantages.
Cleaning with Water
Wood flooring can only withstand minimal wet cleaning. Soaking your floor with a cleaning solution will cause damage. Use a moist mop or towel instead.
Although rug pads help keep your rug in place and prevent it from sliding, certain varieties create scratches on your floor. Rubber-backed mats, for example, may affect the color and luster of your floor. Rather, it is advised to utilize pads made of felt.