Q: I have pine wood floors coated with polyurethane. They are about 80 years old. Some of the wood, usually under a bed or throw rug, has lost it’s color in spots. It’s the wood itself, not the coating. It looks like bleach has taken the color out of the wood in streaks, bleach like [...]
Lighter & Darker Spots
Q: Before applying finish to my fir flooring, I want to know whether my fir floors have been properly sanded. There are numerous areas of darker color, for example, a 3-inch band of darker wood parallel to the wall and offset by about 6 inches. It seems like this strip simply was not sanded as [...]
We have new hardwood flooring with 3 coats of crystal finish. Our dog was sick on the area rug so I used (Spot Shot) carpet stain cleaner on the carpet only to discover that the floor under the area where I used the carpet stain cleaner is now a bright yellow. How can I remove this yellow stain from my new flooring?
My mom’s floors have well traveled areas (like doorways) where the floors look almost gray. The floors are otherwise light. How can the well traveled areas be repaired to look like the rest? Is there something we can put on it?
The heavy traffic areas of my floor are worn down and grey. Can I just clean-up and re-varnish those areas and blend them into the rest of the hardwood floor? I know it won’t be perfect, but will it be OK?
In December we noticed between the seams of the hardwood floor you can see gaps/lighter color. Even on the new hardwood that they installed.
Some friends of ours had their hardwood floors refinished by professionals. The floor looked perfect after sanding, before the finish; but, after the finish was applied, dark pet spots appeared. I am refinishing my floors and I don’t want the same thing to happen. My sanding is complete and floors look good now, but is there the chance that the same will happen? Or was something done incorrectly to cause this to happen to our friends floor?
We have a K***** hardwood floor in our bedroom, which has been discolored by a rubber mat. What could be done to restore it?
Sanding with fine grit paper doesn’t take the spot (tread mark) off. I have no idea what was on the shoes, no chemicals are in the house. It could have been the maintenance man, but I’m worried about my deposit. Appx. 30 footprint/tread spots. It looks like the floor was refinished by amateurs.
I just had my hardwood floors refinished and the contractor came back a few days later to do a touch up. He has left a few boards shinier then the rest of the floor, and the lighting in the house really spotlights it. Is there any way to diminish the shine on a small area?
I just moved to an old house from the 1800′s. The wooden floor is very old and has very dark stain circles on it. I have tried getting it off with soap and water. It wont come off. I was told I can’t sand it because it is too thin. Is there a dark enough product that can cover it to still make it look like wood, or is there something that can take out the stain?
we are redoing oak hardwood floors in a 1959 bungalow. When we do this we will be removing a small floating closet that will have nails through the floor. How do we remove the black marks from around the nail holes before we fill them?
I had a new real wood floor installed in my living room which abuts the hallway, which already had wood flooring. It is a close match but there are maybe 25 to 30 slats in the new floor that are of a darker shade than any slat on the old floor. Only the first coat of poly has been applied. Is there any way to get the darker slats lighter and to blend more with the floor that was already there?
I would like to know if a commercial product is available to bleach planking, to be used for flooring? If not will regular bleach lighten the surfaces?
The main floor was replaced and is lighter than the existing floor and what I originally purchased. This is glaringly obvious to me, however not so much to my husband or the builder. Fortunately, the new install guys failed to remove the first 3 rows of the old floor so I was able to prove my point.
We bought a newly built home that sat empty for five months. The builder had already installed unstained (but finished with one coat of oil based polyurethane) red oak floors in the living and dining room. We paid to have red oak floors added to the remaining rooms. The new floors that were just installed are at least 2 shades lighter than the five month old floors. The company that installed the floors said they would darken naturally in about 3 months and would match the existing floors. Is this true? The floor installer said that if they did not darken in three months he could put another coat of polyurethane on the floors with a golden oak tint to darken the floors to match. Is this the correct approach to getting a match?
We have bought a condo in downtown Toronto. Our engineered “*****” hardwood floors are various colours where area rugs have been previously placed. Would your refinishing process be able to be used on this type of hardwood floor? How much would it cost for a room approximately 10 feet wide by 20 feet long?
My hardwood floors are coated with satin polyurethane. There was some latex paint on the surface and I used “Goof Off” paint remover to remove the paint. However, the areas I removed the paint are now a bit shiny and don’t blend in with the rest of the satin finish. Any suggestions on what to do to correct this?
I just had new red oak floors installed. They were stained with a natural stain, and then the first coat of water-based urethane applied. When the floors were dry and we inspected them, we noticed an area where the nail holes have bled black, and the end seams are black as well. What causes this, and what is the fix? Does the entire floor need to be re-sanded?
I recently removed 30 year old carpet from hardwood floors. I discovered some spots that were dark black (I am guessing pet stains). I applied hydrogen peroxide to them and after a few treatments, the black stains lifted and the wood was left white. I chemically stripped a 3 X 1 rectangle around the white spots so that application of stain would be even and not spotty. My problem is that the white spots in the wood are now not taking the stain as dark as the chemically stripped areas. Is there anything I can do?