How to Safely Remove Marks from Your Hardwood Floors

One of the worst things that can happen after you’ve gotten your brand new hardwood floors installed is the dreaded mark. We all know these marks. From stains to scuffs, you don’t want to be seeing these on your floors. Here are 4 tips from Better Homes and Gardens on removing these stubborn marks from your hardwood floors.

How to remove marks from hardwood floors

Not all hardwoods are created equally

The first step in removing marks from your hardwood floors is to take into consideration its finish. If you have a surface stain, it is likely that your floors have a hard finish. For these stains, do NOT use rough abrasives such as sandpaper or steel wool. These can permanently damage your floors, leaving you in a worse situation than before. Instead, use a soft, clean cloth to wipe up the stain.

If the stain has penetrated through to the wood, your floors likely have a soft finish. Soft finished floors are common in older homes whose floors haven’t been refinished and resealed.

Remedies for marks on soft finished floors

How to remove marks from hardwood floors

Dark Spots and Pet Stains –Rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and some floor wax. If the area is still dark, apply bleach or vinegar and allow it to soak into the wood for about an hour. Be sure to rinse the area with a damp cloth when the hour is up.

Heel Marks –Use a fine steel wool to rub in floor wax.

Oil Based Stains – Rub the area with a soft cloth and dish washing detergent to break down the grease. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with clear water. If one application doesn’t get rid of the mark, repeat the procedure. Keep children and pets away from the room until you’re done. Let the spot dry, then smooth the raised grain with fine sandpaper.

Water Marks or White Stains – Rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If the stain goes deeper, lightly sand the flood and clean with fine steel wool and odorless mineral spirits.

If needed, end each of the treatments above by staining the wood, then waxing and buffing the spot to match the rest of the floor.

If you think your hardwood floors are marked up beyond repair, it may be time to replace them altogether. At Floors for Less, we have hardwood flooring options for every home. We carry a variety of shades and styles to fit your individual needs.

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Why Ultraviolet (UV) Light Floor Finishing is Better Than Traditional Methods

After you’ve finally finished the process of selecting the right hardwood flooring that suits your home best, you’re going to want to protect it. With the wide variety of finishing methods out there, how do you know which is better? We get asked this question quite often, and we want to provide you with a new and upcoming method that we feel is the best solution for your hardwood flooring.

UV Finishing

Traditional Methods

Traditional methods of finishing your hardwood floors often involve toxic materials that give off nasty smells, a timely process that can leave your home out of commission for weeks, and floors that aren’t able to withstand everyday wear and tear. The commonly used wax finishing method offers some protection, but falls short as it is prone to scuffing and can attract dirt. It also tends to age with a yellowish tone that clashes with lighter-colored floors. Shellac, another commonly used sealant, also offers some protection, but contains high volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are toxic chemicals that evaporate at room temperature. Clearly there must be something better out there, right?

Ultraviolet Light Finishing

Well, there is! Ultraviolet (UV) light finishing offers a better solution for curing and refinishing your hardwood floors. UV light finishing cures floors within seconds of application and leaves them harder and more resistant against scratches, scuffs, and marks from shoes. Because there are no toxic chemicals involved in UV light finishing, you’re able to return home after a few short hours knowing that your home is as safe as before the finishing process. As you may have already guessed, UV light finishing is more environmentally friendly and requires less maintenance than traditional methods of finishing.

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Another common issue with traditional methods of finishing is discoloration. Wax, as previously mentioned, is prone to dirt build-up which causes an undesirable discolored look. With UV light finishing, your floors will continue to shine long after the finishing process has occurred. If you have bay windows in your home where you enjoy the welcome of the sun, discoloration or fading from sunlight won’t be an issue either with UV light finishing.

If your hardwood floors are starting to look like they could use a little touchup, stop by our showroom floor or give us a call and ask us about our amazing new UV light finishing process!

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