08:40AM | 02/10/03
Member Since: 02/09/03
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My husband & I were looking up under our carpet. We found out we had oak hard wood floors that have never been sanded or finished. So, we decided to go with the hard wood floors and remove the old carpet,(which we were getting ready to replace). Now, that we have pulled up the old carpet there were a few water spots and animal stains. I mean, this house is over 30 years old and to have a few spots, the flooring is in very good shape. I was shocked! Now, I am trying to sand and get the floor ready to be finished. I don't know if I should remove the bad spots or sand them. I would like to know what grade of sand paper should I use? What else can I use to get the bad spots out instead of replacing the flooring?

Bob Jr

12:23PM | 02/10/03
Member Since: 01/19/03
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You need to rent a floor sander from a rental shop. They should be able to tell you (and sell you) which grit sandpaper to use. Probably a couple different grits at minimum. Go over all of it then get a less coarse grit and do it all over again.

Sanding the spot would depend on how deep it goes into the wood. Since you say it has never been finished it could be pretty deep. You may be able to stain the floor to match the stains or come close. If the floor has never had finish it might be easier to replace the spots. Although old wood may stain different than new pieces. You will have to weigh advantages of replacement, staining, or sanding the spots to come up with something you can live with. Try sanding first on a spot out of the way, if you get too deep then try the next method.

I don't know of any magic solution to soak into the wood and remove the stain.

Good Luck


06:20PM | 02/10/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
the fact the floor has never been finished brings up a few questions, is the foor hardwood or just a pine subloor ,what size are the planks,how thick are they?how old is the house? call a flooring contractor for a free estimate on refinishing your floor.that will answer all your questions


04:55AM | 02/11/03
Member Since: 02/09/03
2 lifetime posts
This house is over 30 years old. There is subflooring under the oak hard wood floors. I have sanded some of the spots out. The oak is about 1 1/2 inches by about 2 inches they are about 12 inches long at most (haven't put ruler on them to measurer them yet)
I have called a flooring place they told me if there were spots on them they would have to replace the whole floor. I am not doing that! There are only a few spots that are really dark spots and it is next to the fire place beside the brick. Thats all! The flooring is not at all in bad shape. \
Is there something that I can puchase at ***** or home depot that would help get most of the dark spots out?
I don't wont to stain them at all, I just wont to put a clear gloss on them to match the cabinets I redune my self and the new bass boards that I have put in.


07:52AM | 02/11/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
find out where the wood sand and finish guys get there supplies,it should be in your yellow pages under "flooring supplies". any way ask your question there,it may be called wood you have an air return vent in the floor (heating vent) if so pull the cover and look at the side of your floor. that will tell you how thick the flooring is .your post says 1 1/2" wide x 2" thick and only 12" long.i have never heard of this size in wood flooring? anyway good luck
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