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Tips for Removing Water Stains from Wood Floors

Tips for Removing Water Stains from Wood Floors

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January 8, 2007

Removing water stains from wood floors is an important skill to have if you have wood floors.  No matter how careful and cautious you may be, at some point water will come into contact with the floor and very likely leave a mark or stain if it is not wiped away promptly.  How quickly the water starts making a stain depends on the type of wood floor you have, but once the stain is made there are a couple of tips you can use to remove it without damaging the wood.

The key to removing water stains from wood floors is to recognize how deeply the stain has penetrated the wood.  Even a floor that has been sealed and waxed can allow water to penetrate if left there long enough, so pay close attention to the type of stain you want to fix.  The most common kind of stain appears as a white spot that is a bit hazy or even has greyish tones.  Removing this kind of stain is relatively easy.  You simply need to buff the finish gently with a soft cloth and a relatively mild abrasive.  Good choices for abrasives include non-gel toothpaste or the kind of polish designed for use on the finish of your car.  Gently rub the abrasive on the white spot until it disappears.

Removing Water Stains from Wood Floors

Sometimes, though, water gets down deeper into the wood of your floor and creates a deeper stain that can be black or white depending on the type of wood.  This kind of stain requires a bit more effort to remove because it is a deeper stain. However there are steps that you can take to remove even this type of type of flaw to your wood floors.

The first step to removing deeper stains is to mask off the area around the stain so that the non-stained areas are protected.  Next, remove the old finish and or wax and then use oxalic acid to remove the stain and bring back the original color of the wood.  Once the area is dry, simply re-stain or seal it to match the surrounding floor.  With some care and attention to detail, removing water stains from wood floors can be relatively simple. 

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