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Used magic eraser on wood floor - how can I repair finish?


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07-04-13, 04:49 PM   #1  
Used magic eraser on wood floor - how can I repair finish?

I moved a sofa and found hard gunk stuck to my floor. Not thinking very clearly I used a magic eraser on it. This fixed the gunk but also polished the floor surface, leaving a noticeable reflective patch on a satin finish floor. The patch is probably about two inches in diameter and in a fairly noticeable spot.

Unfortunately I don't know what finish was used on the floor when it was redone a couple of years ago since I only recently moved in.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do about this? I thought about trying to rough up the spot a little with very fine sandpaper to at least minimize the glossiness, but the last thing I want to do is make things worse! I don't know how well it would work to try applying a very light coating of new urethane just over that spot and again I don't want to end up making things worse.

Any suggestions would be very appreciated.

 
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07-05-13, 04:28 AM   #2  
I'd try scrubbing that area with a little mineral spirits and see how that does.


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07-07-13, 03:07 PM   #3  
Thanks, I'll give that a try. The key is that it needs to be made *slightly* rougher, since the satin finish has a slight texture that reflects the light differently.

Would it be advisable to try applying a very light coating of a new satin urethane over the damaged area? Is it possible to match satin finishes, or is that likely to make it even more noticeable than it already is?

 
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07-08-13, 03:27 AM   #4  
It's all but impossible to touch up poly on large surfaces like a floor. When there is no way around touching up a floor it's best to paint individual boards. If the same brand/sheen of poly is used it will generally blend in after a few days. The boards should be sanded first to garuntee good adhesion.


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07-26-13, 03:35 PM   #5  
The most I would do is a little wet sanding with a VERY light grit sandpaper. But, I'd just leave it and let normal wear bring it back to a matching state.

 
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