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In my home office, there are parts of the floor that seem to be chipped off.

Their pointy edges keep catching my socks when I walk by.

How would you solve this problem?

Ideally the solution would not just solve the sock-snagging problem but also improve the appearance of those parts of the floor.

I have access to a Dremel and could try sanding them down, but I don't know what would happen and what I'd be risking.

chip in wood floor, photo 1 chip in wood floor, photo 2 chip in wood floor, photo 3

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    What finish is on the floor? Do you have plans to apply more?
    – isherwood
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 21:52
  • For a home office that floor looks beaten up. You do seem lucky that it looks like real wood and sanding is possible, but do not think a dremal will be big enough, unless you want to take days doing it.
    – crip659
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 21:56
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    Wearing shoes or just slippers till it is fixed will be safer. Those pointy bits that snag socks can also be driven into the skin of your feet. At best quite painful, but could get worst. Can also make you trip and hit your head on something hard.
    – crip659
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 22:20
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    @jsotola Obviously I prefer not to wear shoes or else I wouldn't have bothered to write this post.
    – Ryan
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 1:05
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    I'd put some shoes on.
    – Alan B
    Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 8:53

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These are "shakes" - this is where the lumber separates along the growth rings.

Fill the cracks with glue (PVA / polyurethane / epoxy / cyanoacrylate) then place cling wrap over them and weigh it down with a large bag full of sand (or something else soft and heavy) while the glue sets. Scrape off any excess glue, fill any voids with filler... and now the bad news. This is caused by moisture. You probably need to sand and re-finish the floor.

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    Thanks for your answer. Wouldn't cling wrap then be stuck to the glue? 99.9% of my office floor looks great, so I won't refinish it. The only parts that need attention are these 3 spots here, each less than the size of a dollar bill.
    – Ryan
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 2:41
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    @Ryan you would be surprised at how many glues you can use that won't stick to plastic wrap. You're putting the glue in the wood though, not directly under the plastic wrap. Test the glue you plan to use just to be sure.
    – KMJ
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 2:47
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    it would stick a little but it peels off fairly easily.
    – Jasen
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 2:47
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    If you don't care that much about the floor being "perfect" afterwards: You can always just sand the bit around the spots you just glued. Yeah it'll leave a dent but is only a fraction of the effort
    – Hobbamok
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 10:07
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    @Ryan This will stabilise those areas to stop them getting worse, but you're still going to have the ridges/splits/divots that'll catch you. You need to sand it anyway before you revarnish it. And then any plastic wrap will be gone.
    – Graham
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 10:22
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When facing a similar issue in my home office (but with smaller bits of damage) I found a good color-matched wood filler, and applied it according to the package instructions. It has held up well, and is visible but not objectionable. That would be my first step in this case, as it's easy to undo or redo if you continue to have issues.

See the other answer as well from Jasen for what you should do to prevent this happening again.

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    It's very important to bond the delaminated grain to the wood below. Just filling with putty will result in cracks and disintegration.
    – isherwood
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 14:13
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    To add to isherwood's point, these parts of the floor may experience heavy loads, such as a caster chair rolling over them.
    – dotancohen
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 14:51
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    Thank you both - I added reference in to my answer so people don't have to read the comments.
    – KMJ
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 19:16

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