Q: If I get a stain on my hardwood floors do I have to replace them all?
I spilled some stain on my hardwood floor. Do I have to replace the flooring in the entire room or can I just replace the boards that have stain on them?
This is a funny question, but not funny if it happens to you. I take it the stain settled in place and you didn't have enough time to wipe it up properly. Before you go about replacing any of the boards please consult a experienced flooring installer or contractor. This is not an issue you should handle unless you have the experience necessary.
You don't have to replace the whole floor if it was originally an unfinished wood. Meaning did you have it sanded and finished. If that is the case having your floor sanded and finished again is not to worry about. Though doing a spot sand and finish will take definite experience.
Now, if your floor is pre-finished and you had to order it from a dealer, then I hope you purchased overage amounts. I always suggest buying one or two more cartons of wood (roughly 10% more) from your dealer just in case this circumstance occurs. I have seen too many times where folks buy a pre-finished floor, scratch a portion of the floor or an animal wet the floor and then find out the flooring brand discontinued that model or line of flooring. Then you are stuck with a stained floor. You can at times sand and finish a pre-finished floor but it does void your warranty and good luck matching the stain color.
Some pre-finished brands have a scratch removal kit which helps cover up the scratch and protect it from getting worse slower. Not so good for stains.
The whole process of replacing boards can be done, but it isn't a do it yourself job. I would highly recommend hiring a flooring installation professional.
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