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Does resanding/refinishing hardwood floors remove signs of water damage?

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I’m going to be rehabbing a house that had some roofing problems and damaged the hardwood floors in certain areas. I was told that I could hire someone to sand the floors and refinish them for a cost. Does this effectively remove the signs of water damage?

Also, what are you guessing the rate is for hardwood resurfacing in Chicago, IL?

Thank you!

Yes , sanding will take out most normal water stains. If the water had penetrated deep into the flooring it would cup and warp the boards. If you don t have cupping then you should be able to sand and refinish to an acceptable level. I don t know about Chicago area but my area it was 3/5 $ a s/f to sand and refinish. GL

6 Responses to “Does resanding/refinishing hardwood floors remove signs of water damage?”

  1. J M Says:

    honestly I do believe that it would not. My mother re-did (sanded and added new color) to her hardwood floors. There was no water damage but she had to go darker because it was damaged in other ways. I do not know of how much it would cost since she had my uncle and his friends do it. If it gets to be too expensive you should try to find a really good amateur off of referrals. Hope this helps and God bless!
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  2. DUDE!!! Says:

    i really doubt it . but some stains will generally cover them up pretty good .
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  3. TOOL GUY Says:

    If you still have water stains after sanding you can try using oxalic acid.
    Good Luck
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  4. Sarah Says:

    For the most part yes, but it all depends on how much water there was and for what period of time it stayed there. If after the resanding it doesn’t come off just stain the floor a darker shade to mask it, I think that will work.
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  5. Karen L Says:

    It depends how deep the stains go. Some may come off with sanding, some not, but you can bleach them with oxalic acid, and you can re-stain which can minimize the appearance of watermarks especially if you go darker. You won’t really know how it will go until you sand. Also look for signs of the floor having warped. Get a long straight edge or level and set it across the boards. It can be hard to see how much warping there is just by looking. Different boards will warp more or less, and you have to sand a lot to remove high spots from warping.
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  6. rob s Says:

    Yes , sanding will take out most normal water stains. If the water had penetrated deep into the flooring it would cup and warp the boards. If you don t have cupping then you should be able to sand and refinish to an acceptable level. I don t know about Chicago area but my area it was 3/5 $ a s/f to sand and refinish. GL
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    20 years in flooring as a store owner/ installer

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