Old floors discolored after stripping.

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Old 07-06-15, 11:52 AM
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Old floors discolored after stripping.

Our dining room floors are nearly 100 year old pine, the previous owner only stained the perimeter of the floor and used a rug in the center. After stripping the floor was 2 very different colors and we were told that no amount of sanding would make the floor uniform and that we should just stain them and restain the perimeter if needed. After staining, I am discouraged I don't think its going to ever match (you can hardly see the grain in the middle). The pictures should show the before, after stripping and the first coat of stain. If anyone can advise us on how to proceed, we would be very grateful.
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Old 07-06-15, 01:51 PM
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Welcome to the forums Katie!

How deep did they sand? It is true that wood exposed to sunlight will age differently than wood that is covered up. If the perimeter was darker than the interior I'd be convinced that they didn't sand enough. I'd try aggressively sanding a portion and see if you get the two areas closer in color. The right stain job would minimize the color difference in the wood.
 
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Old 07-06-15, 02:29 PM
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They took off a good 1/4". Someone told us we could sand clear to the floor joists and it wouldn't make a difference.
 
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If they sanded that deep I tend to agree with them ..... just don't think I've ever seen a sand job with that much variance in wood color.
 
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I was afraid you'd say that. :-(
 
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I wonder if a wood bleach [not household bleach!] would help any.
 
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