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Old hardwood floors (maybe built in the 60's)
Old 07-22-2020, 09:58 AM
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Advice request: We are trying to get my MIL's house ready to sell. She has hardwood floors that have not been taken care of. They show dark spots where we took up carpets.

Here is what I have tried so far, with minimal results:
vinegar/water damp mop...no success
pine sol...nope

today I took down a scrubber that has soft pads on the bottom that spin.
Used Bona for hardwood. The overall floor looked better, but the dark spots did not come up.

Ideas? thank you in advance


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Old 07-22-2020, 10:01 AM
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Unfortunately itís probably going to have to be sanded down and refinished. However, doing that in spots is going to be difficult as itíll probably still stand out compared to the rest of the floor.
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Old 07-22-2020, 10:05 AM
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We have lived in a home from the late 1800s for five years. One room has the original wood plank floors. Your MIL’s floors will need to be sanded but should be able to be brought back to life.
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sand them
Old 07-22-2020, 10:12 AM
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Our house was built in the '30s. We had the floors sanded and stained and they look beautiful. You should do it, but maybe you want to weigh the cost and resell value vs. not doing anything and having the buyer do it. Maybe it will increase the value enough that it's worth it, or it will show better. Or not. Discuss with your realtor, I guess.
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Sanding
Old 07-22-2020, 10:13 AM
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and resealing. It's not hard, just time consuming. Good luck with it. :-)


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Old 07-22-2020, 10:14 AM
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They just need to be refinished. For the cost versus labor, I would hire pros. This is not something I would DIY.
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Sounds like you will need
Old 07-22-2020, 10:16 AM
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to have them sanded and refinished. If it is hard wood like oak or maple, it will be well worth it. Other than that, I guess replace.
Carpet is not too popular right now. It may be cheaper to go with carpet, but in the area I live in people hate carpet so it won't help sell the house.
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Old 07-22-2020, 10:45 AM
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I agree with those recommending sanding and staining. When I inherited my parentsí 1950s little house, I wanted the hardwood extended into other areas. I hired people to do that, then they sanded the old part and stained it all. I let the property manager choose the stain color and the floors are really gorgeous. I agree with others that youíll find the expense is well worth itóyou will add to the value of the house and no doubt easily reclaim your expenditure when you sell.
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Old 07-22-2020, 11:54 AM
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Hire a pro. Itís hard when looking at a floor to see how deep the stains are. We bought a house built in 1965. Floors were dark, stained, and a mess. One room was awful. But, the guy said they were not as bad as we thought. He sanded and we didnít stain. He just used a sealer and we have beautiful floors.

Hire a pro. They will sand. If all the marks on the floor wonít come out, they will know which stain to use to cover it and make it look good. It will be money well spent.
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Old 07-22-2020, 02:52 PM
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Hire the professional.

You can try a mixture of 1 cup hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water and let it sit a bit on dark spots. If they arenít really, really bad, it will lighten them.

Somewhere, I googled cleaning hardwood floors and a YouTube video of this came up. It lightened some dog pee stains, but not all.

Then go for the pros. I would love to do mine, but it would have to be a room at a time because I e got no where to put the furniture. And no one wants to do just one small room.


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Old 07-22-2020, 04:02 PM
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Please think twice about putting the money into it. We’re in the same boat, MIL house built about that time. One guy who came to look at the house as it is said he was going to put in carpet so he didn’t care about the floors.

DH wants to also spend on having the entire interior painted. Everyone else just says, sell it as it is and let the new owners paint how they want.

Those 2 expenses would have been about 5K+ (plus time finding someone now to do it) to do so not worth it in my mind. We wouldn't have added that expense to the house and gotten it back.

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Old 07-22-2020, 04:38 PM
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We had our 1963 hardwood floors sanded and sealed 3 or 4 years ago. They look stunning! But! It was about $5000 to do the main floor and 12 stairs--about 1000 sq ft. They were so beautiful that it showed up the necessity for repainting the walls. If we'd noticed before we left how awful the walls were, we would have repainted and then had the floors done.

So, like Violets2 suggested, leave it for the new owner.
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thank you all
Old 07-23-2020, 03:13 AM
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I was really hoping for an "easy DIY fix" but I never considered it would need sanded. We just spent $1,200 on painting the whole house and $700 for men to remove the junk in the basement (we couldn't do the lifting up the basement steps).

In reading the replies, I think I will wait to see if it will sell "as is" and if not, bite the bullet and invest in redoing the floors....living room, dining room, den, two bedrooms and a hallway....ouch

thank you all so much for your replies!
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Throw rugs?
Old 07-23-2020, 06:30 AM
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Maybe find some inexpensive throw rugs or area rugs to cover the spots? The hardwood floors could still be seen but the rugs might cover the ďsins.Ē

Best of luck! We sold my momís house as is, and easily got a buyer. It needed cosmetic work that would have cost us thousands.
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Old 07-25-2020, 09:59 AM
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I like the "as is".
Thanks!
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