You have a situation that will never come out perfect no mater what is done, tinting, staining, aging. Personally I don't think there is anything there I would attempt to spend more money on to fix. Once you put down your rugs and furniture and quit focusing on that one spot it will all sort of fade away!
And the second best guy is going to do better?
You guys here provided me the opinion of the other pros without having to waste the time having someone else come out and look at the work
Right. I agree with the first paragraph. I understand that the new wood won’t really “catch up” in my lifetime, and there’s a greater chance of all the wood being ripped out and replaced than there is with the wood really “catching up.”
I’m just glad to get the opinions of others on the internet. I appreciate everyone’s input.
The areas in the large livingroom in front of the fireplace should be easy to cover with carpets.
The center hall might be trickier to cover with carpets since it is chopped up with an entranceway to the main living room and also the stairs.
I had researched the methods available to bleach urine-stained wood, and I think that there’s a chance I could have bleached the wood and had the urine stains fade a little. Had I known that the new wood would have been off-color so much, I probably would have requested that they give me more time to try and bleach the wood myself and then just have them leave it natural like we did with the dining room where there’s a single urine stain. That is in the video. The stains in the center hall really were not as bad as the ones in the living room. So I would have definitely requested they leave the original wood there. Now in some places, the old wood was damaged by things other than the dog urine, and I need to remember that. I understand that sometimes removing one board results in the need to replace one two or three next to it too. So I can’t fairly say “we shouldn’t have replaced any wood in the center hall”, but I would not have replaced any there due to dog urine.
Done all over again knowing what I know now…
1) I probably would have tried harder to bleach all the stains. It did appear that even just peroxide was making a difference.
2) I would have requested a very minimalist approach on replacing any wood at all in the house. They may have had this in mind initially as several areas upstairs where I might have expected them to replace boards, they used putty instead. They said it may crack and fall out, but it looks great in my opinion.
3) I would have considered a light stain to perhaps balance the desire for a light colored floor with the need to hide urine stains. I like the dark office floor, but my wife does not. So perhaps having the floor stained and just telling my wife that’s how it must be would have been the perfect solution.
4) knowing that we were going to be told “put a rug over it”, we would have cared less about the urine stains and probably gone for the most economical angle.
You can’t really make decisions as well without the experience. I wish I’d learned these lessons before, but it’s going to be ok.
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