I have two large dogs, of which one has nails that any woman would kill for, and the energy of a nuclear power plant. My home's primary living areas are all hardwood floors: kitchen, bath, living room, dining room, and staircases. I have an open floor plan.
My hardwood floors are engineered Bruce Oak with a high gloss finish have areas that are severely scratched and grooved from the dogs' nails. Around columns and corners the finish is gone from my female dog who runs laps up and down the stairs and around the breakfast table and snack bar area. I have had so many unqualified friends give me advice on repairing these areas that I am very confused on what to do.
Can anyone tell me what is the best way to fill these groves below the finish and put the finish back down without having a professional come in to do it? I am fairly self sufficient and do a lot of my own home improvements. I can fix almost anything except the furnace and have done everything from auto, appliance, and home repairs for friends as well as myself.
I just need to know what the best filler/putty or compound is for filling, and what type of polyurethane I should use. I would also like some type of technical assistance, step by step, on how to do the repairs.