How to Fill Wood Floor Cracks – Simple Tips

You can make any home beautiful on the inside by installing some hardwood floors in them. However, they need to be properly maintained on a regular basis so you can continue to make them look beautiful. The weather can prove to be quite a problem for this kind of flooring because they can cause cracks to form in them whenever it starts to get dry and humid.

This might seem like a hard problem to fix, but I can assure you that it’s not. Knowing how to fill cracks and clean wood floors on your own can help preserve your floor’s original beauty and this article is going to show you how to do just that.

Wood Floor Cracks

Use Rope for Large Gaps

Large gaps on your floor can be fixed by using some rope. Rope is great because it is a natural material that can adjust well with the ever changing weather conditions meaning that it won’t get ejected by any fluctuations in the temperature. Before you can fill the gap with rope, you will need to remove any loose debris from them by using a butter knife or a screwdriver. Use a vacuum cleaner to quickly remove any remaining dust in the area. You can find reviews on some nice hardwood floor vacuum cleaners at After you are finished cleaning the gap, try to find a cotton rope or a string whose width is the same as the gap that you are trying to fix.

You have the option of tinting the rope with some wood stain if you want it to match your floor’s color, but be sure to let it dry first before you proceed any further. Use either a putty knife or a screwdriver to push the ropes in between the gaps and you can even apply a layer of finish afterwards if you wish to make the surface look smooth.

Using Sawdust

If you have any sawdust saved up from any projects that you might have done in the past, then this would be the best time to start using them. Mix the sawdust with some wood glue until it becomes a paste-like mixture. Once you are done mixing, take the paste and push it into the cracks using a putty knife. You can also use your hands to push the paste in, but you need to make sure that you’re wearing gloves because the last thing you want on your hand is a sticky mixture.

After you are done pushing the paste into the cracks, you should now proceed to roughly sand your floor and then apply some wood filler on the whole area. This method is quite helpful as it not only covers up the cracks, but it can also keep new ones from forming as well.

Bring Out the Putty

Wood filler, a.k.a. wood putty, is a special kind of paste that you can purchase from your local hardware stores. I would strongly suggest that you purchase some wood putty if you feel that the old sawdust and wood glue mix is not your thing. However, I think it is worth noting that these things do tend to dry up very slowly and are best used with oil-based polyurethane and it should never be used with the water-based one.

Here are some benefits of wood putty that I think you are really going to be interested in:

  1. They come in many different colors,thus, making it easier to use them on finished floors without having to apply any layer of finish on it.
  2. They are quite sturdy and will not break off easily.
  3. They will not easily shrink or pop out of the cracks assuming that you’re able to apply the putty correctly.

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