Q: I recently moved home and had several floors sanded. Unfortunately, one room subsequently required some plaster work. The plasterer was a dirty worker and the floor is now covered with plaster stains. Is there anything I can do to remove this? Or will we need to have the floor re-sanded?
A: It can be irksome to see how so many tradespeople, as good as they may be at what they do, are totally oblivious to everything and everyone around them. All he had to do was cover the floors to protect them. $10 for a sheet of plastic? I’m doubtful you will get these marks off. They may not even come off with a full sanding. Try one spot. Start with coarse steel wool. If that doesn’t work, try sandpaper or hand scraper. You should have a better idea of how deep the stains are then.
The plasterer did not cover the stairs and plaster dripped
Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I installed oak stair treads on an addition, and then the walls were plastered. The plasterer did not cover the stairs and plaster dripped onto the treads and stained them in various spots. Is there any way to remove these stains? Sanding does not seem to help.
A: Sounds like water stains on your steps. If you have the right machine you can sand out these marks. They are deeper into the wood than just surface stains. The plasterer should be ashamed of himself!
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