Stain and Scratch Removal
When you have kids or pets, it is common that your wood flooring may suffer. Scratches and stains come with the territory and there is not a lot that you can do to prevent that kind of damage. However, our team has a few tricks up their sleeves that can help to repair and remove stains and scratches that commonly occur in wood flooring, and have even come up with some solutions that could help to prevent damage in the future.
Scratches can easily be concealed with finishes and stains, while deeper scratches may require a filler. Wood filler can be applied, then sanded down and stained to match the surrounding flooring. We will not go too far with the staining, and take our time to make sure that the colors match and your repair blends right in with the rest of your wood flooring. Some scratches cover large areas and may be best worked out by sanding, staining and resealing. We will be sure to choose products that have the right sheen. If the area where the damage is at is not very large, it may not be worth it to reseal it unless it is in a high traffic area.
Unfortunately, even if your floors are stained and sealed, accidents from pet urine may still be able to penetrate your wood flooring and even affect the subfloor. This can result in mild to major discoloration and a permanent ammonia smell. If a stain is dark, then those boards will need to be replaced. This doesn’t have so much to do with the color as it does the fact that the color is an indication of how deeply the stain has penetrated into the flooring. For lighter stains, a good sanding and staining could do the trick. We will take care with urine stains though in order to make sure that they do not penetrate to deeply. It can seem that the pet stain has been removed, but if the smell comes back, then the boards will need to be replaced.
The best ways to prevent damage to your flooring from pets is to keep your dog’s nails trimmed and keep the fur in his paws trimmed as well. This will help to keep them from slipping and grabbing into the flooring with their nails. If your pet has an accident, then it is very important to clean it up as soon as possible so that it doesn’t set in.
At the end of the day, after any repair, it is a good idea to reseal your flooring so that further damage can’t occur from previous scratches or accidents.