On the last part of our guide on how to fill gaps on your hardwood flooring, we finally talk about the wood putty. Filling gaps with wood putty is a quick and easy method that works on small, relatively stable gaps. It’s a quick method and anyone can do it, however, there’s a good chance the gaps will open up again during the dry season, and they may crack inconsistently, so keep that in mind!
Here’s the process you might apply if you want to use wood putty to fill the gaps on your hardwood flooring.
- Clean the floorboards on both sides of the gap.
- Apply a fine bead of wood putty to the gap, then work it into the gap with your finger, using circular motions to force the putty down into the gap.
- Remove excess putty from the wood surface using a putty knife. Be careful not to scratch the floor’s finish.
- Let the putty set up, then wipe gently along the filled gap with a slightly dampened cloth to remove putty residue from the wood next to the gap. Wipe parallel to the gap, making as few passes as possible to prevent pulling putty out of the gap.
- Let the putty dry completely before using the floor.