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Hardwood floors are a beauty to behold but with them comes certain problems. If you have ever had a water stain on your hardwood floors you know exactly what I'm talking about. Water and hardwood do not go together well and the solution to fix the floor involves a lot more than merelyusing a cleaner and a rag to clean it up.
When you've added too much water to the plant and notice a pool ofwater behind the end table or pick up one of your dog’s orthopedic dog beds and see a puddle underneath, it's time to spring into action. Your hardwood floor can be saved with a few tools, materials and a bit of muscle action.
Depending on the size of the stain, you may need to rent a full-size floor sander. If the water stain is small you can use a hand sander or even rub it by hand with sandpaper.
Start by cleaning the water-stained area with denatured alcohol. Use 150 grit sandpaper to sand away the stain. Don't be surprised if you see that the stain has soaked into the wood a little deeper than expected. Just keep sanding until you don't see any of the gray-colored stain anymore.
Once the sanding is finished you're going to want to use minerals spirits on a rag to gather up the dust. When the area is clean you can apply varnish with a paintbrush for a small area or with a mop for a larger area.
Follow the directions on the can of varathane to decide whether you want to apply extra coats. It is usually a good idea to coat the area with at least two coats and perhaps a third if it is in a high-traffic area. Make sure that the first coat of varathane has completely dried before applying subsequent coats.
Once dry you'll be able to return the orthopedic dog beds back into place. If your dog is having accidents in his dog bed, however, you'll want to put a piece of plastic down over the hardwood floor before setting the bed down again. As for your plant, you'll either have to be more careful when watering it or move it to another room that doesn't have a hardwood floor.
Small water stains are easy to handle on your own and don't require a professional in most cases. If you find that you are sanding and the stain is very deep, however, you may want to get a hold of a professional to find out how to proceed. You won't want to sand too deeply into the wood and there are wood fillers available that can be used to cover a deep stain.