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Old 08-21-2016, 09:06 AM   #11
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The floor was installed new in 2008. These are smudges that wipe up easily rather than rust spots as pictured in the link. These marks are confined to the pictured area and have never appeared in the rest of the hardwood finished floor.

The marks appear when we haven't recently used the swifter or a vacuum.
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Old 08-21-2016, 09:40 AM   #12
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Andy, I know this is really gross but do you have a cat or a dog?

Could they possibly be "dragging their butts" ???

Sorry, as said, I know it's gross but I discovered my long haired cat, when he gets pieces stuck he drags on the basement floor. took me a bit to figure it out and dang difficult to scrub off a concrete floor.
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:16 AM   #13
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I was having the same problem. The problem always appeared in the kitchen and bathroom. Both floors have tile. They came in a tore up the carpet in the big room. The only thing we can figure out is that is was the padding from under the carpet. It had totally disintegrated due to age and wear. No more black spots and pieces of it coming through. And now I have a tile floor in the big room also.

And it is possible your home is haunted. It could be the previous owner doesn't want you living there. Do do do do. Do do do do! The Twilight Zone.
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Old 08-21-2016, 11:04 AM   #14
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Andy, I know this is really gross but do you have a cat or a dog?

Could they possibly be "dragging their butts" ???

Sorry, as said, I know it's gross but I discovered my long haired cat, when he gets pieces stuck he drags on the basement floor. took me a bit to figure it out and dang difficult to scrub off a concrete floor.
With SO's recent health issues, I've been introducing myself as her service animal. I don't recall dragging my butt across the floor. We have no cats or dogs.
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With SO's recent health issues, I've been introducing myself as her service animal. I don't recall dragging my butt across the floor.
Ah well, not to worry, as a 'dog's body' when you get 'bone'tired' you're allowed to 'drag your ass'.

I'm sure the gremlin will realize he has been discovered and will change his shoes.
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Another thought: do/did you have a rubber-backed area rug in that spot? The one I had in the bathroom had rubber backing that was deteriorating, and left marks on the floor which took some elbow grease to remove.
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A pic of the smudges would help in the diagnosis of the problem.

Since it wipes up easily it sounds like a surface contamination issue.

But as my mechanic always says about those intermittent vehicle problems, "If it isn't broke and I can't see what wrong then I can't fix it".

Until then.
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Could they be coming from an air conditioning duct?

Ever find any on other than on the floor?

Any odor or aroma?
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Could they be coming from an air conditioning duct?

Ever find any on other than on the floor?

Any odor or aroma?
Only on the floor in the areas pictured. No odor.
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Is it possible that it is coming from the swivels on your chairs? I have had the problem. Put a piece of newspaper under each chair and swivel it around a few times.
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