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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 7:28 am    Post subject: Unfinished Wood Floors Reply with quote

I am currently working on a project in eastern Ohio, a 200 year old building. We are preparing it for its bicentennial. The wood floors, which are unfinished, desperately need cleaned and have sustained significant water damage and staining. We have the moisture problems under control, but now we have to remove the stains and clean the floors. The maintenance staff has been using wet mopping to clean, and we have instructed them to stop.

What is the best way to clean the floors and remove the water stains? And after they have been cleaned, what is the best way to continue to clean them?

I have included pictures of the damage.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, a few questions.

Is this an interior floor, or exterior like on a porch?

I can see the staining in the photos, mostly at the end joints.

I can also see a few "end-checks" or splits at the ends of the boards, and a few other cracks; are you concerned about those?

Are there other types of deterioration, like fungal decay that has weakened the boards?

What use do these floors get? (light foot traffic, heavy foot traffic, furniture dragged across them frequently, etc.)

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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interior. Light to medium foot traffic. Mainly school groups.

We aren't really concerned about the end checks or cracks at this time.

Also, although the building is 200 years, we aren't sure the floor is. At least some portions have been replaced, around 60-70 years ago.

There is no fungus or damage that would cause weakening EXCEPT on one board in a very small area near the door.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

Getting the water stains out seems doubtful but I guess the pictures were taken just after some kind of cleaning and so the stains are being highlighted and over time with proper maintenance will fade somewhat. Subsequent cleaning should be done with nothing more than dry moping or slightly damp cloth at most and no vacuuming.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, the floors have not been cleaned.
This building is operated by a very small volunteer staff and they just do not have the numbers or resources to clean frequently. We are getting ready to do cleaning for its anniversary, both general and removal of mold in certain areas (not the floor), which is why we need to know the best way to clean the floors and remove the water stains. We know they can be removed, as we have tested a small area with a method suggested by our preservationist, but that method (bleach and a q-tip) would take forever for the entire floor. At that same time we did clean the section of flooring a bit, and there is a significant amount to dirt etc that needs cleaning.
So what is the best way to deep clean the floors? And is bleach and a Q-tip the best way to fade the stains?
Thanks.
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