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10-29-2011 02:32 AM

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My wife came home with a bottle of draino in a plastic bag and sat it by the living room door overnight. The next day there was this strian on the floor from where the container had leaked out. Wiping the stain up left a light-spot in the floor. It will not accept a stain to blend it in with the rest of the floor. Any and all suggestions are welcome.

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#1 posted 10-29-2011 03:08 PM

I’d go with an umbrella stand but some people may prefer a potted plant.

Sorry, couldn’t resist. Hopefully you’ll get some real help.

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#2 posted 10-29-2011 03:38 PM

Unfortunately, Muleskinner’s suggestion might be best. I’ve seen similar problems where people had potted plants.

If you have the prefinished flooring, refinishing isn’t much of an option. If you have “real” hardwood flooring, it can probably be fixed, but it will take some effort.

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#3 posted 10-29-2011 03:43 PM

area rug? coat rack? traffic cone?

ok maybe not so serious on the last one, but if you make something nice can’t wait to see a photo of it

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#4 posted 10-29-2011 03:48 PM

Maybe a touch of finish that has tint in it? You’ll have a touch of room to work with as you can wipe on and then immediately wipe off if it won’t blend exactly or get close enough and then apply an extra coat to darken. If you have the new pre-finished hardwood like I had it seemed like the stain/tint was part of the finish, maybe to have more consistent colors across the boxes. Other then that my wife prefers throw rugs.

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#5 posted 10-29-2011 05:38 PM

If all else fails, get a felt permanent marker in a close shade and color in the light area with it. It won’t be a perfect fix, but it will keep it from sticking out like a sore thumb.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 10-30-2011 11:48 AM

I am pretty sure Liquid Draino contains sodium hypochlorite which is an oxidizer. In a 5-6% solution it is sold as bleach. I would call the people who manufacture Draino and ask their advice. The product we use to bleach wood is not sodium hypochlorite and the bleached wood will accept a stain. There might be a product in the Draino which is either neutralizing the stain you tried using.

-- Barbara

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#7 posted 10-30-2011 05:29 PM

Can ya tell if the “stain” is in the wood or in the finish? If it is in the finish, try this. I know that it sounds goofy, but get a tube of plain white toothpaste. Non of the funny stuff, just generic toothpaste. Rub the spot with the grain. Buff off. I’ve used this on tabletops with good results. The abrasive in the paste is very fine, and will abraid the surface just enough. Give it a try. Can’t hurt.
Auto rubbing compound will work too. Just more expensive.

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