Oh No, Scratches On My Brown Paper Bag Floor!

Oh No, Scratches On My Brown Paper Bag Floor!

Here is an update on my Brown Paper Bag Floor   It’s been down three months now and everyone asks me how it is holding up to traffic.  I will admit putting it in the kitchen was a big undertaking because that is our main traffic area in and out of the house.  That has not been a problem at all.  However, I hadn’t planned on strong claws from a very large lab puppy!  When she gets startled or excited her claws tend to scratch the floor.

If you had tried this floor and have had the same thing happen, worry not, it’s an easy fix.  Here is what I did.

Your paper isn’t scratched, just the top coats of polyurethane.  Use a sharp object and scratch off the white marks.  Then sand with light sand paper.

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Wipe the residue from sanding with a wet cloth and let dry.  Then brush stain on the areas.  You don’t have to be neat about this as you will be wiping it off.  Wait about 10 minutes then rub with a clean cloth until the color is smoothed out.

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IMPORTANT:  Be sure to stir, not shake, your polyurethane and brush it sparingly over the scratches.  Let dry about 30 minutes and give it another coat.

You can apply as many coats as need be, but usually three or four will do it.

The picture on the right is after only one coat, but you can see the scratches have just about disappeared.

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So, I never freak out when I get scratches, I just keep stain and polyurethane handy.  Yes, I still love my floor.

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15 Comments

  1. I am so glad that you posted updates after living with the floor for a while. I love the look and would try this somewhere. Thanks!

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    • It’s been over 6 months and I would still do it. Other than the big dog claws, it has held up to everything. The dog scratches are an easy fix, and isn’t a problem if you don’t have a crazy lab puppy!

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  2. SO glad I came upon this post. I did this in my bathroom last year and my dog has scratched it up pretty bad. Cant keep her away from me! It was bugging me that I didnt know how to fix. Going to try this, this weekend, looks like a quick and easy fix!

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    • Yep, that is what happened with us too. The floor has helped up well, even with our other dog, just not with the large one. It is easy to fix though.

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  3. Is this durable enough for a kitchen? Also, the area I’m considering doing this in is not only the kitchen, but the walkways. Can I do it in two stages so that our house is still livable? I’m wondering how I’ll transition the new onto the old.

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    • Mine is in our kitchen. The only thing that has bothered it has been our large labs claws. She gets a little excited. Two stages might work although you might see a line.

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  4. Love the floors! Hope to try this some time. Oh, my maiden name was Schulte!

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  5. Do you know if the brown bag technique will work on cement. I would love to do the in my basement mud room.

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  6. Thank you so much for writing this tutorial about how to solve the “large dog claw mark” problem. After all the work we went into putting the floors in, it makes me sick when my 100 lb. labradoodle gets crazy and leaves marks on the floor. What kind of poly did you use? So far I’ve used Minwax and Varathane (both water based but with oil like properties). The Minwax seems more durable but for some reason although little circles appear every now and then where the poly has come up….no rhyme or reason to why this is happening.

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  7. I love this! Do you know if it will work over a ceramic tile floor?

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  8. what if you add a Marine Finish to your floor? maybe a lil more resistant to Puppy Claws.Silly Babies..Gotta love them anyway. :). Shoot it holds up to Barnacles in the Sea Pretty Darn
    good. Just a thought.

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    • they use it on the bottom of Boats and Ships

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  9. I love the dark bag color. What did you use? The other ones I have seen are much lighter, but I want the dark. Thank you.

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