Fixing stains in a wood floor
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diane



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:56 pm    Post subject: Fixing stains in a wood floor Reply with quote

I have some pet stains on my dining room floor. It soaked under the litter box during the summer when the ac was on - it dried it up around the box during the day so when I got home I didn't realize it was there till a week or so later when I moved the box to wash the floor. It was still wet under there and black.

The floors are southern yellow pine. I had refinished them in 1996 with Minwax oil based stain, and oil based polyurethane over it.

I was not happy with how the poly aged, so last winter I sanded the living room floor using a small DA sander. The dining room is next and I'd already started to sand the longer boards that go into it from the living room.

This happened in mid-July. I was going away that week then work picked up. At that time, I cleaned it with vinegar and kept everything off it for awhile. At some point when I had a spare 30 minutes, I tried to do a quick sanding on it and sprayed it with some remaining Zinser shellac I had left over from a project in the hopes of encapsulating the odor until I could fully deal with it.

The sanding wasn't as successful as I'd hoped, but I didn't put a lot of effort into it either. I'd like to do something with it soon, even though I'm not in a position yet to refinish the entire floor (I am refinishing with shellac, which is what was originally on the floors).

Is there a course of action for me? The damaged area is 21" x 22". I have a Klean-Strip Wood Bleach kit that I bought many years ago (probably over 10, but it's never been opened). That was before I realized I could sand penetrating stain out. Pretty sure this is different though.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Diane
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diane,

On all my projects over the years I've never had to deal with pet urine stains. Here are a few links with reasonable sounding treatments to try:

http://cleaning.lifetips.com/tip/82311/floor-cleaning/hardwood-floor-cleaning/urine-stain-and-odor-removal-from-wood-floor.html

http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-remove-pet-urine-from-hardwood-floors/

http://www.life123.com/home-garden/housekeeping/cleaning-hardwood-floors/hardwood-floors-stain-removal-tips.shtml

Try any treatment in a small area first to test it out. Let us know if any of these methods work.

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