Marie Turner

How to fix the damaged surface of my wood flooring (without sanding)?

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Hello folks,

As I've recently said I'm really impressed by the comprehensive answers to other topics in the forum. This is the reason why I'm sure someone of you will have the knowledge to help me.

 

My problem: The oak wood floor in my bedroom is suffering from some kind of hazy buildup. I'm not sure what exactly caused this but it looks very much like a cloud.

I think that a service like a floor sanding can solve this problem but I don’t have such budget at the moment. So I'm wondering if any of you can share experience in dealing with such problem. I've found a possible solution online (with ammonia) on this website but I'm not sure if this is the right thing to do in my case. I would appreciate if someone says if it's adequate option, because I don’t want to do more damage to the surface :D

Thanks in advance.

 

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A few pics would help.

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Posted (edited)

On this photo, it looks like outworn, but that's the best quality I can provide with my camera. From other angles, it's barely noticeable.

 

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Is your wood sealed? Is it solid or engineered oak?

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I'm almost sure it's solid, it has been here already long before us, to be honest. We've got it sealed with lacquer few years ago.

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Will you try something just to humour me?

use your hairdryer gently and warm up an area, just see if it goes away. 

We get clouding under lacquer on a different material and it is normally moisture. 

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Nope, it didn't worked out :( It would've been great to find such a fast and easy solution (definitely worth trying) .

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What do you use to clean it?

 

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Ok.  I too always used specialist cleaners on my engineered oak. I had a problem appear in one area with clouding - eventually it turned out that my cleaning lady had been leaving mops standing on the floor and moisture had penetrated and got under the lacquer finish.  She had also been using the steam mop on it without my knowledge.

 

On advice I got a special product that stripped off all residue and took it right back to the base lacquer that cleared the clouding and I refinished the floor. I did not sand it. If you have a flooring company that supplies wood floors near to you then I would go and see them and ask them for help.  You need to be careful not to make it worse.

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The working routine of your cleaning lady sounds really irresponsible ...
About my situation, maybe the reasonable solution is to talk with some local company.
It would've been nice to find some magic trick to fix this :D

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9 minutes ago, Marie Turner said:

The working routine of your cleaning lady sounds really irresponsible ...
About my situation, maybe the reasonable solution is to talk with some local company.
It would've been nice to find some magic trick to fix this :D

yep she is long gone.  I was out most of the time she was there, she came recommended too!  It didn't take long to cause the damage either.

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1 minute ago, lizzie said:

yep she is long gone.[...]

 

Send her round @lizzie, we're in such a mess that a careless cleaner is just as welcome as a good one. O.o 

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28 minutes ago, lizzie said:

Ok.  I too always used specialist cleaners on my engineered oak. I had a problem appear in one area with clouding - eventually it turned out that my cleaning lady had been leaving mops standing on the floor and moisture had penetrated and got under the lacquer finish.  She had also been using the steam mop on it without my knowledge.

 

On advice I got a special product that stripped off all residue and took it right back to the base lacquer that cleared the clouding and I refinished the floor. I did not sand it. If you have a flooring company that supplies wood floors near to you then I would go and see them and ask them for help.  You need to be careful not to make it worse.

This is the problem we get, that’s why I thought the hairdryer might work. 

Ho hum. Think again. 

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Try a fan heater blowing warm air, it should get rid of the blooming in the varnish.

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Oxalic Acid is a key component of teak cleaning products used on leisure boats. It is effective on dark organic stains like mildew so not sure if applicable in this case.

 

The Yachty stuff is over priced but if you could get some of the raw crystal might be worth testing on a small patch.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxalic_acid

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