If you’ve followed our blog here at Accutech, then you know that we’ve offered tips on how to dry out after a flood event in your home. We’ve offered advice on how to keep your family safe from both structural damage and the health hazards of mold that resulted from water damaged floors and walls. But we would also like to extend a few DIY tips on how to restore nicks, stains and scratches on your hardwood floors. Why? Because after flooding, we’re usually forced to move furniture around during the process of drying and cleaning. As homeowners ourselves, we’re always seeking ways to protect our investment.
The good news is, in the case that you have small areas of damage, you might not have to refinish the entire floor. You might be able to fix stains, nicks, and scratches. Stains are usually the hardest to repair when it comes to hardwood floors. One stain or water ring can ruin the appearance of the entire floor. Unfortunately, sometimes you will have to refinish the whole floor. But before you rent a sander and start shaking your fist at the sky, try to get rid of the stain. Doing so requires using a gentle touch and the right materials, but it’s worth a shot.
Most stains on hardwood floors are very dark, even black. You don’t need to try to get rid of the entire stain in one try. Getting rid of the blemish may take several attempts, but you may be successful.
Water Damaged Floors In Sarasota Resulted In Stains And Other Damage To Floors? Follow These Steps To Possibly Remove Them
- Sand off the old and damaged finish.
- Mix oxalic acid crystals (sold at hardware stores etc.) in water, closely following directions. Be sure to wear eye protection and acid-resistant rubber gloves.
- Soak a clean white cloth in the acid mixture. Then press the cloth on the stained area and let it set for about an hour. This will begin the process of repairing Sarasota water damaged floors.
- Lift the cloth and check to see if the stain has been bleached away. If it hasn’t, repeat the process. This may take several applications.
- After the stain is gone, rinse the area with household vinegar to neutralize the acid. Wipe away any excess moisture and allow the area to dry completely.
- Apply a matching oil-based stain lightly to the bleached area. Use multiple coats if necessary to find the closest match. Don’t try to match the color with only one application. You can always darken the area with additional coats, but you can’t lighten it after it’s gotten too dark. If you think the stain is too dark, wipe the area immediately with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits. Doing so will remove some of the stain and lighten the area. After you’ve achieved the desired color, allow the area to dry overnight.
- Apply the topcoat finish and blend into the adjacent areas. For all other issues related to water damaged areas in your Sarasota home, call Accutech for fast, professional dry out.
Once again, you may not get a perfect match; however, it may be good enough to avoid having to refinish the entire floor. If it doesn’t match enough to suit you, refinish the floor.
For All Issues Related To Sarasota Water Damaged Floors, Ceilings and Walls, Call Accutech
Accutech is your premier source for repairing all water damaged floors in Sarasota. If you’ve had a flood due to any cause, call us first. We’ll be on the scene within an hour working on restoring your home. It’s like it never happened.