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refinishing stairs

After years of wall to wall running down our stairway(the house built in the 60's)I've ripped up just the stairway to the basement. The wood looked great- so I've stripped and sanded etc. and almost ready to polyurethane- but the wood in the middle is darkened on the step as the previous owners must have had a runner years ago. I've tried tsp- not the results I wanted. I've resanded- It's not the end of the world- but I don't know if I can get rid of the darkened area or should just give it up- and put down new steps- the risers are done and look great! Any suggestions on getting rid of the darkened wood? Thanks in advance

jrosen
Re: refinishing stairs

I just posted the same question today. However in my case of darken wood in the middle i suspect that it was caused by water seeped through the carpet and pad during the steam cleaning. Somebody responded with suggestion to bleach wood out or to try steel wool #1 with mineral spirits. i will try on weekend and will let you know.

jrosen
Re: refinishing stairs

:)Mineral spirit applied with #3 steel wool and a lot of the elbow grease worked. Dark spots on my stairs diminished in darkeness by 50%!!

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