hardwood water stains


Old 09-19-02, 06:02 PM
Mark Durkee
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hardwood water stains

Can anyone give advice on removing water stains from an oak floor. The flooring was pre-finished and has about 15 coats of minwax on it over a 15 year period. The stains cover a small area and resulted from a leaking water pipe.

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Old 09-20-02, 07:53 PM
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There are many simple resolutions but please tell me:

How deep are the stains ? How much work do you want to do ?

Old 09-21-02, 04:07 AM
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I think the depth may very. Most of it has turned the floor white in that area. There is one spot where the stain is black but this is inside a closet. I am trying to do this without sanding the floor as I am afraid i will not be able to match the color. The stained area is in a hallway but this opens up into a largere room and i want the color to be consistant.
Old 09-21-02, 08:52 AM
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If the stain is just into the mini wax you can use a floor stripper to remove the wax. However if it is in the wood there is no choice but to sand it to a depth that the stain is removed.

I wish i had another answer for you but you can no UNSTAIN wood that has been stained without sanding or stripping.

If you sand it and restain with a wood finish i would believe that a close match would look better than a black stain.

Where it is white, that stain is probably just the wax. Strip the wax and see. Home depot or lowes sells a mild wax stripper.

Go very slowly with stripper as that you do not want it to eat into the wood.

If you can take a digital picture and post or e-mail me i can give you more detail as to what to do.

Good Luck !!!

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Water marks on waxed floor

Solvent paste wax for wood floors and fine steel wool will remove the white water marks in wax on wood floors.
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