Q: We always knew that we had hardwood floor under our carpet, but we had no idea what shape they were in. So we pulled the carpet up to discover beautiful floors, but with paint stains. How do we remove the paint without dulling the floor? Or do we have to sand them and then restain?
We are willing to leave the staple holes.
A: I think you would be well advised to have this floor totally sanded, stained and finished. Especially with carpeting, you never know what contaminants have gotten onto the floor finish which could cause adhesion issues if another coat is applied. This will take care of the paint. If you scrape off the paint and have to re coat, who can know if you will gain adhesion?