What would you do with these stains on your white oak floor?


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Old 06-05-22, 12:42 PM
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What would you do with these stains on your white oak floor?

We had a rug in our entryway that deteriorated from getting wet from winter boots, etc. and actually adhered itself to the floor. I sort of scraped it off - took hours - and it left these dark stains. It was a Chilewich rug with rubberized bottom if that is useful. Anyway, we covered it up with another rug for a while, but now we're doing some work in the area and I'm wondering if there's something else I could do that won't be too much of an ordeal.

The entryway itself is small (4x10' or so), but it connects directly, without a threshold, to a larger area that's about 160 sq. ft. It's solid white oak and has a non-oil finish on it. Anyone have recommendations for getting the stains out? Chemical this or that? I considered sanding just this 4x10 area, maybe with a large sanding pad on a pole + my palm sander, but I would assume the transition to the rest of the adjoining room would be tricky or impossible to make look nice (?). And I actually don't know how deep the stains go, so might be unrealistic in thinking a little sanding will lift them out.

What would you do? Anything I should try first that just might make a big difference before committing to a bigger job? Maybe just cover it back up again?


^ When we first pulled up the rug, but before scraping all the rubber crud (a few yrs ago)

^ What it looks like now

^ zoomed
 
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Old 06-05-22, 01:15 PM
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The carpet backing has stuck to the floors if it's not rubbing off then you really have only one option, to lightly sand and top coat.
 
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Old 06-05-22, 02:11 PM
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Thanks for the reply, Marq1. What would you use to try to get the stain up before going to the sand/refinish option? Also, do you reckon I have to do the whole area shown + the adjoining area, or is there some way to just do the affected area with not-too-noticeable transition?
 
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What's the finish? You may have to sand that off and start over, depending on how deep the stains go.
 
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Can you still feel the backing in the bottom pics? If so I'd try a wet thinner rag along with a lot of elbow grease. IMO refinishing the floor should be a last resort. If you do just the foyer the finish difference will show although it will still look better than it currently does.
 
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Old 06-06-22, 02:37 AM
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If it is rubber, maybe apply light heat with a heating gun and wipe off? Just a thought.
 
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Thanks for the replies. It's a water-based poly (satin finish I think). Oil-based is not allowed in our building.

I can't feel the backing on it anymore, but I'm thinking I'll take another go at it anyway, as marksr suggests.

WRDIY, that's an interesting idea re. heat--maybe I'll try that after working on it some more with soap/water and a brush if it's still attached.

Thanks again....I'll report back.
 
 

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