The house we purchased had a wooden floor installed over a slab in the
kitchen. Other than (1) it having "V" grooves between the planks (horriblr
dirt catcher) and (2) very thin poly coating it has been fine except for two
areas. These are in front of the refrigerator and the door where obviously
moisture has set and discolored the floor. Is it worth my while to try to
sand these areas and re-poly them or shoud I just give it up as a lost
If moisture has stained the wood, how will lightly sanding the finish
get rid of the stain in the wood itself? I don't see any way that the
stain could be removed without bleaching with oxalic acid or sanding it
out, and both of those will definitely affect the existing stain.
Your (OP's) situation is a tough one. Doing a spot fix and touching up
to match is nearly impossible for someone without _lots_ of experience
(read mistakes/failures). It's not clear from the original post
whether this is a new house or just new to him. If you can contact
the previous owner or builder and find out the manufacturer of the
flooring you could buy some replacement boards. Cutting out the old
stuff is the easy part - getting the new boards to fit tightly and stay
in place is much tougher. Again, something where lots of experience is
An alternative might be to use a polyurethane with a darker stain in
it. This is basically just a coverup, but a rather simple one to do.
You'll have to screen or sand the whole floor to give the new finish
something to bite into, but the odds of success are much greater.
What you probably have is an engineered wood floor. Overall they are
durable and within reason can be re-finished. Quality can vary amongst
brands but you should be able to sand and re-coat to at least extend its
life. Use a random orbital sander, not a very aggressive belt sander. Don't
take off too much or the stain will be gone and you won't have a good color
Hey Ed. The OP did write discolored in the body, but the subject line
is "Stained wooden floor". So I guess we're both interpreting it in
I've never seen a polyurethaned floor where the poly itself was stained
from moisture. Seems to me that the poly, once cured, is a moisture
barrier and won't absor water - otherwise, what's the point? I guess
the OP will have to chime in and let us know exactly what he means.
The OP said discolored. From the original post: "These are in front of the
refrigerator and the door where obviously
moisture has set and discolored the floor."
It could be surface discoloration of the finish itself. Do you know for
certain the the water penetrated the finish and stained the wood?
If it is the finish only (most of these are pretty durable) lightly sanding
will cure the problem.
My best guess is that the poly wore off and water sat on the wood too long
before it was cleaned up (read icemaker and refrigerated water in front of
the refrigerator). So the wood is rougher and darker at two pkaces on the
floor. Sorry I was not more explicit in the OP.
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