Hardwood floors are a timeless investment in your home but require proper care to stay beautiful! Stains happen in any home but proper cleaning methods can help remove stains from the wood without damaging the flooring.

The first step in removing any stain is determining what caused the stain in the first place. Many stains will come off easily after being rubbed with a damp cloth. Dried mud and food spills should lift off easily with just a cloth and some elbow grease. Worse stains such as nail polish can be cleaned off with a little bit of dish detergent mixed with warm water and rubbed on with a soft cloth. Greasy food stains should come out with a small amount of ammonia mixed with cold water and rubbed on with a cloth.

Worse stains will often leave a ring. The color of the ring can help you decide how deep the stain has gone. White rings around a stain indicate that the stain is within the floor finish. Black rings around a stain indicate a deeper penetration into the flooring and will require more work.

For a white ring around a stain, try to remove the stain from the floor by covering it with a dry cotton cloth and rubbing it with a hot iron ( with no steam) for two to three seconds. You can also use a very fine steel wool pad that has been soaked in lemon oil. This will act as a lubricant and prevent the steel wool from scratching while also buffing out the stain. Gently rub the steel wool onto the white ring. Finally, dampen a cloth with denatured alcohol and rub onto the stained area for just a few seconds.

Black rings around a stain are often water stains that have penetrated into the finish of the floor. Try first to dip a brush into a tiny amount of bleach and rub onto the stain. Do this again several hours later and then let the area be until the next day. If this did not take care of the stain, you may need to strip, sand, and reseal the area of the stain.

If you need help remedying a stain or have other flooring needs in general, our flooring specialists are here to help you! Give us a call today!