Having hardwood floors, you always have the fear of scratches and gouges. There is nothing like a poorly placed scratch for ruining your beautiful room, so preventing these is usually something homeowners try their best to do. You might have put pads underneath the legs of all your furniture, avoid wearing shoes indoors, and tell your kids not to play on that floor, but still, you find a scratch in the middle of the room.
At this point, do you panic? Not necessarily. While some scratches can take a lot of work and cost a lot of money to fix, some can be repaired by a handy homeowner with nothing but some steel wool, wood filler, and polyurethane. Some deeper scratches might need you to use sandpaper, but it still is not a very complicated process.
To get the best results, it is important to work along with the grain in the wood and to clean up the area well between every step of the process before moving on.