Your Guide To Remedying Stains On Your Wood Floor

If you have a beautiful hardwood floor, finding a stain on the finish can be horror-inducing. Will your floor need refinished? Will the section need to be replaced? Can the stain be removed? Fortunately, stains on your floor might not be expensive or permanent. Knowing what caused the stain and how serious it is can help you to know what remedy is needed to restore your floor. 

White Stains Or Rings

Usually, a white stain is caused by water. Water, when left on the finished surface of your wood floor, begins to soften the finish and sink in the porous wood underneath. These are the easiest stains to remedy. Sometimes, allowing the water to dry completely is all that is needed. If the stain is still there after two or three days of drying, you can use heat to help get rid of it. A hair dryer or clothes iron (with a towel between it and the floor) can help. If applying heat does not work, you may need to gently sand and refinish the affected area.

Black/Green Stains Or Rings

Black stains are more problematic for your floor--these are also caused by water, but the stain means that the water has had some time to do some permanent damage to your wood floor. The blackish-greenish color indicates mold or mildew growth, and may be accompanied by warping or swelling. Usually, the finish needs to be completely removed, and you will need to treat the floor with bleach or another anti-bacterial cleanser to stop the mold growth. If you are lucky, the area will dry and, after sanding and finishing, will look good as new. However, large or deep black stains might mean replacing that section of the floor. 

Stains Of Other Colors

Obviously, water is not the only thing that can affect your floor. Wine, wax crayons, cooking oil--the list of possible offenders is endless. For non-water stains, it's best to know if the stain is greasy or not greasy. Grease can stain wood to be darker, but grease is also less likely to get through a hardwood finish. Non-greasy substances can be acidic in nature. Treat grease stains with diluted ammonia to lift the fatty particles out of the wood. Clean up things like wine, nail polish, and marker with basic dish detergent and water. 

Don't use harsh cleansers on your wood floor. If you try the above methods to clean stains and they are unsuccessful, talk to a hardwood flooring service in your area such as Idaho Hardwood Flooring