Rugs + sunlight = bleached wood floor

jlc102482May 13, 2010

I recently purchased an 1857 home with hardwood floors that appear to have been installed sometime between 1900-1930. The previous homeowners had large area rugs down in the dining and living rooms, and thanks to the very bright, almost constant sunlight coming in, the exposed floor became bleached and the part that was under the rugs is quite a bit darker.

The difference between the two areas is quite noticeable. I am not sure if I should leave it and let the floors even out in color on their own (all the rugs are gone and the floor is completely exposed now), or to hire someone to try and color match the bleached areas. I'm afraid the color match won't be exact and it will end up looking even weirder. I should probably mention that the floors appear to have been refinished recently with a clear coating, as it's so shiny you can see reflections in it.

I've attached a photo of the rugs that used to be down on the floor, so you can see the size of the area that is affected. Short of buying some really big rugs, I don't think I can easily hide it. :(

Has anyone else faced this bleached hardwood floor problem and if so, what was your course of action?


Here is a link that might be useful: The old area rugs

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I wouldn't worry about it. Once your furniture/rugs are down, it won't be obvivous to anyone but you; I don't see it in your photo. I have the same era house as yours & the rugs were tacked down - leaving thousands of little nail holes forming a wide-banded square in the middle of each room & yet, guests say I have the best looking floors around. No one notices these little imperfections but IMO, a high gloss finish will accentuate them more than a flatter sheen.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 11:47AM
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That's a good point, silver - I guess guests probably don't notice it as much as I do. Me, I sit on the couch staring at it and trying to brainstorm ways to make it match. Maybe I should stop doing that. ;)

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 8:28AM
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