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How to Remove 5 Common Stains From Hardwood Floors
Removing 5 Common Stains from Hardwood, or Engineered Wood Floors
One of the most common problems that people have with hardwood flooring is removing the dark, unsightly stains left behind by a family pet. Accidents happen, and in this case- the best way to fix your floors is to tend to the stain before it becomes a stain. We know that is something that isn’t always possible, so we have a great DIY solutions for pet owners looking to remove pet urine stains from hardwood floors.
What you need:
- A soft cotton rag
- Hydrogen Peroxide
How to remove pet urine:
- Soak a cotton rag with hydrogen peroxide.
- Place the wet rag on the stain and allow it to soak in the wood to bleach out the stain.
- Remove the rag, and wipe up any excess hydrogen peroxide.
- Allow the floor to dry.
What you need:
- Paper Towels
- Undiluted Bleach
- Baking Soda
- Natural Oil (lemon, mineral or linseed)
- Soft cloth
- Blot up the wine using a wet paper towel, taking care not to rub it into the wood.
- Pour undiluted bleach on the stain and let it sit for 45 minutes. Though this may take off the surface coat of finish, it may remove the stain. Wear gloves when working with bleach.
- If bleach doesn’t work, try oil soap. Mix it with hot water according to the directions on the package, and then use a soft cloth to scrub the mixture into the wood.
- Should neither of these methods work, a soda paste made from baking soda, and either mineral, lemon, or linseed oil may work.
- Form a paste and then use a soft cloth to rub it into the stain in the direction of the grain.
- Leave it for 30 minutes, and then remove it with a dry, clean cloth.
What You'll Need:
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 gallon of water
- Clean Sponge
- Dry Towel
- Dilute ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar in a gallon of water. Normally you don’t want vinegar on your wood floor, but the acetic acid is good at removing stains, which you need to do in this situation.
- Use a cloth or sponge to dab and cover the whole stain with the vinegar and water mixture. Don’t pour the mixture on the stain, because you don’t want any excess water on your floor.
- Let the acetic acid in the vinegar break down the stain for an hour or two.
- Using a soft cloth or sponge, scrub the stain. If it doesn’t break up, repeat the previous steps.
- wet a sponge with a cola soda and dab the stain again. The phosphoric acid in colas can remove stains.
- Rinse the treated area with a damp sponge, and then dry it by hand with a towel immediately.
What you'll need:
- Toothpaste (NOT gel paste!!!)
- Baking soda
- Clean Rag
How to Remove Permanent Marker from Hardwood Floors:
- Make a paste out of 1 part toothpaste and 1 part baking soda.
- In a small dish, combine white toothpaste—do not use the gel toothpaste—with baking soda at a ratio of 1:1.
- Use a spoon to mix the products thoroughly
- Apply the mixture to the stain with a clean rag.
- Spoon a portion of the mixture onto a clean rag. Use the rag to apply the baking soda-toothpaste mix to the stained area.
- Scrub the stained area in small circular motions.
- Move the rag in small circles in an effort to remove the stain.
- Apply more baking soda-toothpaste mixture to the rag as needed.
- Continue to scrub the area until the stain has vanished.
- Be patient. It may take a while!
- A putty Knife
- Hair Dryer
- Solvant (depending on the stype of paint)
- Use putty knife to scrape up as much as you can
- If there is any paint left, use a hari dryer to warm the spot then try to putty knife again
- Still paint? You may need to get a solvant from a local big box hardware store.
Before you pay big bucks to have a professional crew come in and clean your hardwood floor, or replace sections of your floor, consider these DIY solutions. The best method is prevention of the stains in the first place, but as we all know- life doesn't happen that way. We hope that these DIY solutions will save you a little time, and a lot of money.