There are two types of stains to consider when thinking about new hardwood flooring for your home. One type of wood stain creates beautiful color for the flooring, whereas the other type of stain (the less desirable) is unintentional and caused by spills or water-leak problems that can create an unwanted colored spot or blemish on the flooring.
Dealing with Stains from Spills
Both types of stains are important to consider when trying to repair and refinish wood flooring, or even install new wood flooring. For example, if red wine is spilled on a wooden floor that is a lighter color, it can easily leave a red stain that makes an unsightly area in the floor. Sometimes, depending on the spill area and the underlying wood, the stain can be removed and the floor refinished with spot treatment. In other cases, it may be necessary to restore a larger area in order to have a matching look when finished. Occasionally, matching wood, which can be used for making repairs, can be found in a closet or in the attic area, left over by your home's initial wood flooring installation company.
Check with the professionals from U.B. Hardwoods, servicing Golden Valley, Minnesota and the surrounding areas to see the part of the flooring you want to be fixed. We can provide an estimate of the cost for the work.
Changing the Floor Color
Many people like to consider a change of color when repairing and refinishing wood flooring. The repair process includes the following:
● Replacing any broken flooring with closely matched wood.
● Sanding the floor to remove any stains, marks, or blemishes.
● Refinishing the flooring with new stain.
● Adding a shiny top coat made of oil-based varnish or polyurethane.
It is usually easier to go from a lighter colored stain to a darker one than the reverse. If the desire is to have a lighter color, when the floor has a dark stain, then much of the wood surface may have to be removed. Normally, such heavy sanding may only be attempted for a few times before the flooring will degrade. For this reason, it is important to evaluate the thickness of the existing flooring to determine if can be sanded down for refinishing.
Repairing and refinishing wood flooring that has been damaged by a spill or from water leakage can be achieved in numerous ways depending on the type of flooring and extent of the damage. The experts from U.B. Hardwoods can evaluate your floor and decide whether your wood flooring can be refinished, in part or in full, or if it is a better investment to replace the flooring. Contact U.B. Hardwoods today at 763-807-4500 to get a quote.