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.
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
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.
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