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Question DetailsAsked on 3/16/2016

What is the best thing to do with a hardwood floor that has areas of damage from pet urine (blackening of finish)?

Is it better to replace the entire floor or can small areas of pet-damaged hardwood floor be refinished or repaired?

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Blackening is probably mold growing under the clearcoat or wax, but possibly organic adic deterioration of the wood.

Talk to a well rated flooring refinisher - sometimes this sort of thing can be chemically removed/treated and lightly hand sanded and refinished in a small area with acceptable results - especially in individual plank floors where each "plank" (real or simulated) looks somewhat different anyway. Ditto to highly variable appearance flooring materials - toughest to make it match and sometimes may require total floor refinishing in very uniform appearance materials.

Of course, depending on how MANY small areas you have, obviously at some point by the time you repair each spot and blend it into the surrounding area, eventually if gets cheaper to just redo the whole floor.

So - get a couple of bids, whichever way the vendor want to bid it - as a repair or as a total refinish - then compare and decide. Of course, the existing condition of the floor and how much you like it comes into the picture too - and more especially, if this is likely to happen again in the future then spot repair now until the animal grows up or dies off, then total refinishing or replacement at that time might be the more economic solution.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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