Pine floor dented by heavy carts wheels

Q: My wife and I just had our pine hardwood floors sanded with 3 coats of polyurethane. The last coat was completed Friday. Sunday afternoon around 4PM I rolled a heavy server across it, 200 lbs. +-, and it appears to be dented from the 4 wheels.

What can I do? Can I try to buff it out with a car buffer?

A: Pine is very soft, as you know.  The only 3 options you have are:

  • Sand the grooves down to bare wood and start over.
  • Place a damp cloth on the grooves and carefully heat it with an iron in hopes of causing the wood fibers to swell or pop out.  May or may not work.
  • Live with it.

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