A successful hardwood flooring repair
Last week we repaired a water-damaged Brazilian Cherry (Jotoba) floor that was approximately ten years old. There was an area of about 60 square feet that had been removed by someone else. We had to find replacement flooring, and came up with only one source that had replacement material in the width and grade that we needed. Unfortunately, the new wood did not match the color of the old wood.
In most circumstances, repairing an existing Brazilian Cherry floor when the old wood and new wood don’t match in color and grain can be a problem. The repair will end up looking like a repair, even though we completely sand and finish the entire floor area. If we did the repair work and finished the whole floor, without correcting the color mismatch, we would end up with a two-tone floor, and an unhappy customer.
We solved this problem by applying an aniline dye formulated to change the color of the new wood to more closely match the color of the old boards. After the dye dried, we applied an oil-based pigmented floor stain, then sealed and finished the entire floor as we normally do.
The result was a flawless repair. The floor appeared to be all one color, and there was no evidence of the previous damage or the difference between the old floor and new floor. The homeowner was very pleased with the finished result.
This is where experience pays off. When faced with a challenge like this one, we will take the extra time and effort to complete the job to the highest standards. Ask our customers, it shows in our work.