Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Get Dents Out Of Wood

I love my new home, I really do, but I'm not so fond of the massive amount of hardwood.  Between the kids and the dog, the poor floor is already looking a bit banged up.

Last week the floor received a good size dent. The culprit?  Me.  I dropped a bowl and the edge of it landed just right (or wrong, depending on how you look at it)

So I decided to find the bright side and realized I could finally try out a pin I had seen a long time ago about getting dents out of wood.

Get Dents Out Of Wood
You Will Need:
An iron
Wet cloth or paper towel
Sad dented wood

Directions:
Wet the dent.  Apply a wet cloth or paper towel. 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. In my case I did this for about 3-5 minutes.

I followed the directions and checked the dent about every 30 seconds.  I was really worried about making things worse, but the wood seemed to be ok. And it was really cool to see the dent slowly getting smaller each time I looked. I ironed for about 4 minutes then I noticed that I was no longer getting results. 


It didn't fix the dent completely, but it did make a vast improvement.   It worked a lot better then I thought


















The next day I noticed a dent in my coffee table.  I have no idea how it got there, but I was actually excited.  I had been wanting to try this method again on different wood.

I followed the same directions as before, ironing for about 4 minutes.  

Not only did it NOT work, but it left a lovely white arch where the iron was. 


The Verdict:  You know when a cleaning bottle says "test in a conspicuous place first?" That definitely applies to this situation.  If you decide to do this, be sure to test it in a hidden area first.

Update: A wonderful person posted the following comment: "That's because you got moisture trapped under the poly and didn't evaporate it fully around the outside of the iron where it was not as hot. You can get rid of the white fog (or lessen it at least) using a hairdryer. Be patient! It will take a long time holding it there."

I held the blow dryer on there for about 20 min and the white spot faded a lot.  Within 2 days the white mark was totally gone.  The dent remains, but at least I don't have a strange fog on there.  


10 comments:

  1. That's because you got moisture trapped under the poly and didn't evaporate it fully around the outside of the iron where it was not as hot. You can get rid of the white fog (or lessen it at least) using a hairdryer. Be patient! It will take a long time holding it there.

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  2. You're right!! It worked!! Thank You!!!!!

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  3. Dents in your hardwood floor? With kids and dogs, it happens. Hahaha! The most you can do is to step in and wipe out all the mess. However, deep cleaning keeps the floors fairly sterile or at least chemically equipped enough all throughout, for long stretches of time, despite the occassional leavings. It will be better if the bacteria do not further take root and cause more health problems, right? Thanks for sharing that!

    Nathan Riley @ Stanley Steemer of Atlanta

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