Hi, I have been helping a group of guys 'rebuild' a Fraternity House. It is a beautiful building but we do not have a lot of money to work with when it comes to rebuilding, which is great for me because I enjoy fixing things up myself.
I have been doing research on removing stain from hardwood floors and so far it doesn't look pretty. We do not have the money to hire a professional and I would much rather prefer to just remove the old stain chemically and run over the floor with possibly a belt/palm sander?, note: this is not my first time removing stain.
My fear is not so much that I will hurt the floor (we will just carpet over it), Its that these are 'chemicals' and they will seep threw the cracks on the floor, I don't want them to cause other unforseen damage or even health problems to future members who live in the room.
you could rent a sander and do it yourself. Strippers are expensive and you will have to get rid of that mess properly plus from what I've heard is the fumes are unbearable. I just rented an orbital floor sander from Lowes for 39.00 a day plus sand paper. You can't screw up the floor with this sander. It takes a little longer than the drum or belt sanders but it does a nice job and it will get the stain out.