Part of hardwood flooring is damaged. How to fix it or who to call?
September 10, 2013 5:39 AM Subscribe
I have hardwood flooring. Part of it got messed up by dye leaking into it, another part seems to have dark stains that I think may have been caused by drink spillage. I need to fix it ASAP. Are these things I can fix myself easily, or should I call a contractor? And if I do, what type of contractor/which one should I call?
posted by corb to home & garden (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The area of dark stains is actually just dark enough that it looks like, oh, dark oak instead of light oak. I think these might have been from spilled pitchers where the spill got mopped up but somehow something soaked in anyway. I have tried wood soap, but it hasn't worked - maybe taken up a little of it, but mostly just made the not-stained parts a little brighter.
The area where there was dye happened because laundry detergent was spilled inside a gym bag, and so the dyes from the gym bag left the gym bag and soaked into the floor. I may have screwed up already - I tried (via the googles) sanding it down, with the intent to varnish over it. I got a bit down sandingwise, but not past the stain. Right now, it looks like, wel, just sanded light oak with a slightly sanded down stain on it. It looks lighter than the rest of the wood, but if I wet it, the parts that are not stained but have been sanded turn back to the regular wood color.
tl;dr: Are these stains fixable by me? Or does the wood need to be ripped up and replaced? Can they rip it up and replace it just in that section? The floor seems to be made of two-inch-thick pieces of varying length. And do I call a contractor, and if so, who handles flooring?
in advice for others, if you have hardwood floors, never have children. ever.