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.
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Memorial Day has acquired a few different meanings over the years. Of course, it’s a time to reflect on those who’ve given their life to protect our country. To be grateful for those who’ve served and continue to serve; we are eternally grateful. It’s also a time to kick-off summer (unofficially, of course) and nearly every home in this country celebrate that with a good old backyard barbecue! It’s a great time to get together with friends and family and enjoy a nice grilled burger or hot dog. If you’ve recently replaced your carpets, however, you’re going to want to keep them clean and free of traffic dirt and any sauce spills that could threaten the flooring. Here are our tips on how to clean the biggest condiment offenders!
Who doesn’t love a load of ketchup on their hot dog or burger? Take a big bite out of that bad boy, and inevitably a dollop squirts out from the back, dropping to the floor. Use the dull edge of a butter knife to remove as much ketchup as possible. Dab lukewarm water on the stain if it’s dried. Apply club soda to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Spray with detergent solution and let soak for five minutes. Blot with a clean cloth.
Mustard and Ketchup seem to do the same for your grilled meat-make it taste infinitely better, and make a mess! When you discover the mustard stain, don’t scrub it! You could potentially make matters worse. Take a clean cloth and blot the stain gently to remove as much of the mustard as possible. Blot the stain with a solution of 2 cups warm water and 1 part dishwashing detergent. Mix a bit of dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide to create a paste, and then use a spatula to spread the paste onto the stain. Use a steam iron on the lowest setting and hover the iron over the stain (don’t touch it!) for 30 seconds to loosen the stain. Next, dip a clean towel into cold water and blot to lift off any mustard residue, and pat with a dry clean cloth until the mustard stain is no longer visible.
This is what grilling is made for-barbecue sauce! It can be a real pain if your guests spill any of that sauce onto your brand new carpet. But don’t worry, follow these steps: First, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water. Use a clean cloth to dip into solution, and then blot the stain. Repeat these steps until the stain has disappeared. If the stain is still there, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with ½ cup warm water and soak the stain by blotting with a clean cloth; sponge with cold water and blot dry.
If you’re in the market for new carpeting, wait till after your Barbecue party, but if you’ve just replaced your carpet, use this guide to keep them looking new no matter how many guests, or condiments, touch your carpet this weekend!