how to fix scratches and stains from pets on wood floors
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What You'll Learn

  1. Introduction
  2. Scratches
  3. Accidents
If you've got a dog, chances are your house already bears a few battle scars. From their innate tendency to dig and scratch to those "little accidents" they sometimes leave behind, pooches are especially tough on our cherished hardwood floors. Pat Hunt, owner of Hunt Custom Milled Wood Floors, in Lexington, Massachusetts, has fixed his fair share of the damage inflicted on his clients' houses by man's best friend. "We just did a job where a guy's dog scratched the heck out of his floors," he says. "Too many indoor games of fetch, I guess."

Though a good polyurethane seal on your floors is the best defense against urine stains and surface scuffs, it can't fully protect the wood. Fortunately, any clever, dog-owning DIYer can make minor floor repairs without the help of a pro—just follow our guide below.

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