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Old 08-02-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
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I damaged the finish on my hardwood floor!


So here's the scenerio.
Husband out of town. Wife trying to be helpful and surprise him by having the carpet in the den cleaned.
Wife didn't really think this through and had to move all the furniture herself to the foyer which has hardwood floors.
Wife dragged an armchair on the hardwood and put a big, very noticable scratch in the hardwood.
Panicing, she went to a youtube site which said to sand with steel wool, restain and then put on a finish.
Scratch was deep. Wife got a little enthusiastic with the sanding.

So this is the place I am now. The stain looks good - if you stand above the scratch. Then you can't see it at all - but the moment you're at an angle, there's a very, very noticable dull stripe on the floor. I tried putting down satin polyurethene but now what I've got is a shiny stripe with a dull stripe through the center of it.

And my husband's coming home tomorrow. So much for trying to help him out.
Can you help me out?

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Old 08-02-2011, 07:05 PM   #2
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Lasa - you're the wife, right? Hopefully, the flooring guys will jump on and help. A picture or two would really help.

I hate it when things like this happen. Check out my trying-to-help-the-husband-but-it-all-went-terribly-wrong-thread:Seriously, Honey, I was just trying to help....

But big mistakes is part of how we learn.

Chances are there is nothing to be done before tomorrow. Be honest with the hubby and you two will figure it out, with some help from us.

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Old 08-02-2011, 07:07 PM   #3
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It's nice you were trying to be helpful. In order to try to help you I have a couple of questions.

Does the shiny part of the streak look like the rest of the floor?

How old are the floors?

Have you put wax on it? That is usually the last step.
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:31 PM   #4
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My suggestion is to run out right now and buy a bottle of wine and buy yourself some new "sleep wear".

With any luck if you play your cards right he won't notice the problem for two more days. I'm sure in that two days he will make any number of his own mistakes that you can throw back at him during your damaged floor discussion.
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thanks for the reply
1) the shiny part is shinier than the rest of the floor.
2) The house is only about 9 years old, so not too old. It's a cherrywood floor, so there's a lot of variation in color.
3) no wax.

I 'fessed up to my husband on the phone and he was great about it, as I knew he would be - but told me NOT TO DO ANYTHING ELSE until he saw it. But it might be good to have a plan.
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Bud, I like the way you think! I also think it would work!
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My suggestion is to run out right now and buy a bottle of wine and buy yourself some new "sleep wear".

With any luck if you play your cards right he won't notice the problem for two more days. I'm sure in that two days he will make any number of his own mistakes that you can throw back at him during your damaged floor discussion.
I find pairing the wine and 'sleep wear' with properly timed honesty works well. As in: By the way honey, before we go , I messed up the floor a bit when I cleaned the carpets.

Works every time.
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I'm thinking that he's going to like that I joined this forum.
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It would work for me.

But then...almost anything works for me.












Reminds of a joke but it probably isn't suitable for the DM Family Hour.
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Bud Cline that was the funniest post I have read in a long time. Thanks for the laugh.
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Bud Cline that was the funniest post I have read in a long time. Thanks for the laugh.
My pleasure!

Or maybe I should say: Lasa's pleasure.
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Or maybe I should say: Lasa's pleasure.
Or her husband's......
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Duh! Wouldn't that be a given?

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