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What are the black spots on my wood floor?
Black spots on a wood floor could be a sign of several different things. Here are some possibilities:
Mold or mildew: If there is moisture present in the area, it can lead to the growth of mold or mildew on the wood floor. These black spots will typically appear in clusters and may have a fuzzy or slimy texture.
Pet stains: If you have pets, their urine can leave black spots on your wood floor. These spots may have a dark ring around them and can have an unpleasant odor.
Water damage: If water is left on a wood floor for an extended period of time, it can cause discoloration and black spots. This can happen if there is a leak or spill that isn't cleaned up quickly.
Wood discoloration: Some types of wood are more prone to discoloration than others. This can cause black spots to appear on the surface of the wood over time.
Insect damage: Certain types of insects, such as beetles or carpenter ants, can bore into the wood and cause black spots to appear.
If you're unsure what is causing the black spots on your wood floor, it's best to consult with a professional flooring contractor or inspector. They can assess the situation and recommend the best course of action to treat and prevent further damage to your floor.
Read more about the causes of black spots on hardwood floors from actual wood flooring expert (and actual human) Stephen Diggins in the links below:
What Causes Mysterious Black Spots in Wood Floors?
Wood Floor Mystery #1: The Spreading Black Spots
Wood Floor Mystery #13: These Black Spots Aren't Mold ... But What Are They, Then? Part 2: The Answer!