Hello all. I recently bought a house and removed the carpet in the dining room to find some very nice finished wood floors. One problem... the previous owner had a cat and certain areas are stained black and one corner the wood has actually shrunk, split and cracked from the constant wet and dry conditions. I would like to repair the floor if I can but I am not aware of anything that would help with the stains and smell. I am going to try sanding a bit off the top to see if that gets rid of the stain but after that I'm out of ideas. What would you suggest?
If sanding doesn't work replacing the boards is the next option. The urethane will seal in the smell but the stains often go deep especially if there has been enogh moisture to cause shrinkage in the boards.