Q: We pulled out grungy carpet and now have tape marks that are a lighter color than the rest of the floor even after sanding. We had been told by multiple people that if we went with a darker stain you wouldn’t see the difference however the carpet tape marks are still lighter than the rest of floor. Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this?
A: This sounds like one of those rare occasions when the bleaching is so severe even a darker stain won’t hide it. If you haven’t applied any finish you might be able to carefully wipe on and feather in more stain and don’t wipe it off. Just let it sit and dry.
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