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Refinishing Carpet Covered Stained Hardwood Floor

This question is two part. Upon ripping the carpet out of our house my boyfriend and I found the oak hardwood underneath had been stained with either pet urine or water damaged (we suspect it is the former). Is there a way to remove or lighten these stains?

The other issue is that the old carpet padding has adhered to the varnish on the floor. Is there a way (other than an insane amount of elbow grease) to remove this? So far all we have found to work is scrape and scrub and even then it still leaves a residue that gums up the paper on the floor sander.

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February 21, 20160 found this helpful

Pet urine stains are very difficult to remove from hardwood floors. In two houses we have had to strip the hardwood flooring, replace the wood and then refinish the stained areas. One house was so badly stained (awful smell!) we had to strip the entire floors of the living room, dining room, entry and two bedrooms.


Part of the problem in replacing is that the new hardwood may appear different than the surrounding areas.

Re the carpet pad-you may find help on a carpet site or in a carpet store for advice on removing the stuck padding. Again, you may need to replace the hardwood here, as well.

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October 3, 20160 found this helpful

They make chemical carpet glue remover. I don't know how to remove the stains though.

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