Sun faded area of cherry flooring

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Posted by: from Simcoe
6/1/2012 at 8:12:27 AM

Can a faded area from a throw rug on cherry flooring be repaired or do you have to redo the whole floor?

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Rizzo in Toronto
Date/Time6/1/2012 at 9:25:41 AM

It is recommended that you redo your whole floor for uniformity. I have seen contractors tried to fix patches but guess what? It looks patchy!



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Hamish from Natural Solutions in Coquitlam
Date/Time6/1/2012 at 9:30:24 AM

Hi Doug,

Yes, a competent contractor that specializes in flooring should be able to re-finish the room for you.

This is not a cheap exercise, but well worth it.A Cherry wood floor will be like new once restored, assuming the original installation is sound.

Get two or three quotes, and some references and pictures of previous work done.

Good luck,

Regards, Hamish from Natural Solutions.

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Date/Time6/1/2012 at 9:30:40 AM


Unfortunately no, you cannot repair a patch of the floor. Only parquet can be done in this fashion and it still doesn't look right. You will have to refinish the whole floor.

Wish I had better news

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Date/Time6/1/2012 at 9:39:17 AM

Yes, a full floor sand, satin and finish will be required on the wood. Spot jobs and patch jobs make the floor look worse. Refinishing the whole floor will keep the uniformity and it will look like one floor.

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Spencer from All Home Repair in St Thomas
Date/Time6/1/2012 at 9:41:40 AM

Hey Doug

Sun fading or bleaching is a pretty permanent condition and there are problems with localized repairs.

To get at the wood to repair it the finish has to be removed.This means you also have to repair the finish.

The finish and the wood color type has to be determined.There are many different types of both of these products many of which are not compatible.Even if you could find that out fading and ageing changes how these products look and an exact match is very difficult.

Removal of these products to facilitate repairs further changes the condition and appearance of the repair area.

Because of all the conditions above even repairing the whole floor is not always satisfactory.The whole floor would have to be sanded down to a depth that all uneven finish and color is removed .Sometimes the floor is not thick enough to stand this kind of sanding. Also the nails in the floor may become an issue.

Good luck with your project.

Spencer Taylor

All Home Repair

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Date/Time6/1/2012 at 11:07:20 AM

Yes! could be fixed through a professional flooring trade!


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Trevor from Arbutus Contracting in Mission
Date/Time6/1/2012 at 6:11:41 PM

Hi Doug

One final thought. You said that the floor was Cherry. Cherry is very prone to darkening with exposure to sun. In strong sunlight, this can be seen is a few hours. Refinishing will work fine if you sand down enough, but this will happen again.

You can either sand the floor down and refinish it every time you move furniture around, or move the furniture around so much that the entire floor gets exposure to the sun.

Here is a link that includes a piece of cherry partially covered for 1 week.


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Date/Time6/2/2012 at 8:24:05 AM

Wood flooring contractor will tell you that a patch will always be a patch, no matter how close you get it will always show up

If you want it done right , whole floor will need to be done. Or you need to exept the fact, that the patch job will show up

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Date/Time6/2/2012 at 10:48:15 AM

I don't have a lot of experience with this particular issue with flooring but wood changes its color over time.

The color of the floor under the rug is your original floor color. The other floor changed its color due to sunlight. Your rug area should blend in over time without any repairs required.

It is basically the same as a new piece of wood installed on a fence. It will stick out like a sore thumb for a year but it will eventually blend in with the other boards.

I assume that your area throw rug didn't damage the flooring underneath. If the floor is damaged than you will have to sand and refinish your entire floor.

Just try it, lay a piece of lumber outside into the sun and cover part of it with a can or something that doesn't let the sun shine through. Leave it for a week or two and you will dee that the covered wood still looks like new and the rest changed the color. Leave it for another week or two and you shouldn't see the difference anymore.

Enjoy your experiment and be patient. The floor will magically fix itself in time.

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Date/Time6/2/2012 at 11:05:01 AM

As the floor is cherry and very prone to colour changes with exposure to light I would recommend waiting a month to see if the colour evens out..

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Date/Time6/13/2012 at 10:51:30 PM

I believe that to acquire the proper final finish you would be best off to do the entire floor. Attempting to redo only a part of it and try to match what is not being done could easily be a large waste of time and money and you are likely to not even get what you want in the end.

Thank you,

Sherri & Dustin Depatie

Seamless Finishing Inc.

Office : 780-760-3852

Sherri : 780-297-0986

Dustin : 780-885-2231

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