staining existing hardwood flooring


Old 02-12-10, 10:59 AM
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staining existing hardwood flooring

We bought our house a few years ago, and discovered that the urine from the previous owner's dog left a number of 'beautiful' discolorations to the existing hardwood flooring; I believe the existing floor is a light colored oak. We had it stripped down and polyed over, hoping the urine didn't penetrate too deeply..we were disappointed. We've used the high tech method of covering the dark spots with rugs, but since we're considering getting a bit darker wood anyway all throughout the house, I'm wondering if we need to replace the existing oak or with a walnutwhether there's a stain that will make the oak look more like a walnut flooring?

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Old 02-12-10, 01:26 PM
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You might be able to bleach the stains out of the material if you strip off all of the finish but likely you will not get them out completely

Usual practice here is to blend the color of the flooring by applying a wood stain to darken the rest of the flooring
Old 02-14-10, 10:38 AM
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urine stains can't be completely removed unless you replace the affected boards

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