Wood Floor Damage
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Wood Floor Damage (by Matt [CT]) Dec 2, 2017 3:28 PM
       Wood Floor Damage (by razorback_tim [AR]) Dec 2, 2017 3:42 PM
       Wood Floor Damage (by AllyM [NJ]) Dec 2, 2017 5:17 PM
       Wood Floor Damage (by LisaFL [FL]) Dec 2, 2017 5:35 PM
       Wood Floor Damage (by plenty [MO]) Dec 2, 2017 7:35 PM
       Wood Floor Damage (by Vee [OH]) Dec 3, 2017 5:18 AM
       Wood Floor Damage (by AllyM [NJ]) Dec 3, 2017 9:29 AM
       Wood Floor Damage (by cjo'h [CT]) Dec 3, 2017 11:08 AM
       Wood Floor Damage (by Sisco [MO]) Dec 4, 2017 4:06 AM
       Wood Floor Damage (by don [PA]) Dec 4, 2017 2:58 PM
       Wood Floor Damage (by Matt [CT]) Dec 10, 2017 4:56 AM
       Wood Floor Damage (by Busy [WI]) Dec 10, 2017 11:32 AM
       Wood Floor Damage (by Matt [CT]) Dec 20, 2017 3:43 AM

Wood Floor Damage (by Matt [CT]) Posted on: Dec 2, 2017 3:28 PM

I have a three bedroom apartment that two guys rented for a year. The apartment previously had wall to wall carpet which was old and dirty so it was removed. There were hardwood floors underneath which were in overall good condition. The tenants just moved out at the end of their lease and there is some damage to the wood floor in the dining room. In this room they had a bar and mini fridge. Underneath where the mini fridge was, the floor has dark stains which appear to be water damage. Also next to that area are two circular spots (about 1 foot across each) where the floor is lighter than the rest almost like it was bleached. Next to these spots you can see bare footprint marks on the wood floor that are darker than the area around them. I can only guess, but it seems like some kind of cleaning product was used such as bleach, and they stepped in it, picking some of it up on their feet, which left the darker footprints on the floor. How would you charge for this repair? I talked to one contractor who hasn't seen it yet, but said most likely the whole room will need to be refinished. If the whole room has to be refinished would you measure the area that was damaged from the tenants and charge per square foot based only on that area? Would you charge for the whole room? Unfortunately the dining room, living room, and a small room off of the living room are all open with there no transition in the hardwood flooring between rooms. What is the best way to have this fixed and what would you charge the tenants for? --76.23.xxx.xxx

Wood Floor Damage (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Dec 2, 2017 3:42 PM

If the only way to fix it is to refinish the entire room then charge for refinishing the entire room. Get a clear statement from the contractor that just the spot cannot be repaired. --70.178.x.xx

Wood Floor Damage (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 2, 2017 5:17 PM

Well, you didn't protect your floor. Wood floors are not known for standing up to use by tenants.

If anything, these tenants had to deal with your uncovered wood floor and they didn't do too well.

I would just recarpet it and be thankful it wasn't worse. But I would not have left it bare. I would have put down area rugs at least. --73.33.xxx.xxx

Wood Floor Damage (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: Dec 2, 2017 5:35 PM

What Razorback said. They ruined your floor. You most certainly can charge them to make you whole again.

I disagree with Ally. Plenty of people everywhere living with wood floors and they don't ruin them. It is not normal wear and tear. That being said they don't tend to hold up well with tenants and you need to educate them on how to properly care for them, same with laminate. If you ever have a roof or plumbing or AC leak they can be easily damaged as well. And they are not animal friendly. --173.170.xxx.xxx

Wood Floor Damage (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Dec 2, 2017 7:35 PM

Tenant gets to pay for entire room getting sanded, stained and poly. Their damage. With minimum care hardwood floor are easy to care for and hard to damage... They didn't even care to half way try to take care if them. This is abuse. --66.87.xx.xxx

Wood Floor Damage (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2017 5:18 AM

I agree with the floor restore - it is all or none, I don't understand Ally comment on smooth floors, over 90 percent of the manager/owners in my area have gone to smooth floors to be rid of bugs, stink and stains, how much easier can life get? Another interesting thing is this time of year you will see old movies and only in the movies newer than the Charlie Brown series do you see carpet, besides the dirt floors older than the 15th century wooden floors have been the mainstay of indoor living till mid 70's when someone nailed down carpet strips and the demand for vinyl fluffy floors began as wall2wall, area rugs are much easier for decorating. --76.188.xxx.xx

Wood Floor Damage (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2017 9:29 AM

Carpeting is much cheaper to renew than wood floors. It's done is a few hours where sanding and staining and coating a wood floor can take days.

Carpeting stops echoes and reverberation of noise that can drive tenants in a duplex to fight.

Our ancestors had little furniture and it stayed in one place for decades. Tenants move in and out and drag heavy furniture, fridges etc around. Not to mention pets. Animals with few exceptions, lived in the barn. Now they live inside and their secretions can leak through a wood floor to the subfloor much more easily.

The floor wasn't perfect when these folks moved in and there is no reason why they should pay to make it so.


Wood Floor Damage (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2017 11:08 AM

Matt,sorry your floor is damaged.Hardwood red oak is all I have in the apartments,no carpet.charge then fo complete refinishing,even then Its going to be hard to get rid of those stains.I had a couple of lads from Brazil do some for me.excellent workmanship.check around, hard to find good mechanics today.Im in New Haven.charlie............................................................................. --174.199.xx.xx

Wood Floor Damage (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2017 4:06 AM

Ask your title company which service they would recommend, and please share their recommendations. --72.172.xxx.xx

Wood Floor Damage (by don [PA]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2017 2:58 PM

The dark spots from water CANNOT be sanded out. The only treatment short of replacing the area is to stain the whole floor dark. However, if you do that then every little scratch will stand out. --70.90.xx.xxx

Wood Floor Damage (by Matt [CT]) Posted on: Dec 10, 2017 4:56 AM

A contractor who looked at it said the dark spot may or may not be able to be completely sanded out. He said depending on how it looks after sanding I would decide if I want to have the floor stained darker to make it less noticeable. The whole room needs to be done, not a spot repair. I have pictures taken before they moved in and there was no water damage or bare footprints in the finish. --76.23.xxx.xxx

Wood Floor Damage (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Dec 10, 2017 11:32 AM

Long time ago, I read of another landlord who painted all of his hardwood floors dark brown. Said tenants loved it because if there were scratched, all he did was grab the spare quart of paint and touch up.

Cannot recall his answer to noise issues, but, he may have required upper floors to purchase a carpet remnant. We have oak floors in our own home, but one of our pets was slipping on them too much, so we just put a water resistant pad and large carpet remnant in place. There were some black stains under the old carpet. Some lightened with bleach, some did not.

In one of my rentals, at last turnover, we lightly sanded just to give 'tooth' for two new coats of poly to stick. Traffic patterns are still evident, but, tenant says that makes them relieved, knowing that I won't likely fuss over every tiny scratch. They plan to stay in that house many years.

If my understanding is correct, most old hardwood floors can only be given a complete refinish three times before the sander is down to the nails.


Wood Floor Damage (by Matt [CT]) Posted on: Dec 20, 2017 3:43 AM

The dark spot was able to be sanded out completely. No stain was needed. The contractor said it was better that it was from a refrigerator and not urine. The whole area did have to be done. --76.23.xxx.xxx

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