Do you know how to remove water stains from wood floors? These days, wood floors are used commonly in many houses because they are elegant and super-durable for many years.
However, maintaining and cleaning wood floors is not easy for everyone. If you use the wrong ways to remove water stains, you can damage your wood floor and have to pay a lot of money for a new one.
But, I am here to help you solve this problem! In this post, I want to share with you not only the ways to clean them but also other useful information about this floor.
Keep reading and see what I bring for you!
How To Remove Water Stains From Wood Floors Effectively?
There are two kinds of water stains on wood floors: White Water Stains and Black Water Stains.
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Depending on the water stain, you should use a suitable method to clean the stain perfectly. These are the effective ways to remove water stains from the wood floor:
Clean The White Stains:
- Method 1: Mineral oil or mineral spirits.
- Method 2: Baking soda and water.
- Method 3: Other quick methods: toothpaste, mayonnaise, vinegar with olive oil, hairdryer, magic eraser, salt, and oil, or an iron.
Remove Dark Water Stains:
- Method 1: Sandpaper.
- Method 2: Bleaching process.
Do you still find it hard to remove water stains from wood floors? These are just the summary steps of the cleaning process. I will show you the details here!
What Is Wood Flooring?
Floors that are made of wood material are wood flooring.(1)There are many types of wood floors and I will show you the 5 common types below.
Plus, wood floors also have various designs, colors, and even some patterns which depend on the desire of buyers. Wood flooring is considered to enhance the value of the house, and show the sophistication of the owner.
Common Types of Wood Floor
As I have mentioned, many houses prefer to use wood floors rather than other kinds of flooring because it makes your home look elegant and also durable material flooring.
There are 5 common types of wood floor, including laminate wood floor, parquet, composite, solid, and cork floor.(2)
1. Laminate Wood Floor
Besides combining many layers, the laminate wood floor is also coated with a protective layer so it is called a synthetic wood product. This wood product is often used for living and playing rooms because it is cheap.
However, it is not durable and can be swollen in humid conditions. So, it is harder to clean than other kinds of wood floors and you can not fix it when it is swollen and must replace the new one.
2. Parquet Floor
Parquet is a combination of solid and engineered hardwood. You can see some parquet styles in some stores and coffee shops.
This wood floor is easier to maintain than the Laminate one but, its cons are easy to scratch, scuff, and might fade the layer in the sunlight after a few months.
3. Composite Wooden Flooring
This is engineered wood but has been treated to enhance its durability and resistance ability. Another benefit of composite wood is to have a layer of real wood veneer, so you can clean and polish it regularly without the fear of damage.
4. Solid Hardwood
Some people use that to add more value to their house as well as it is very durable. This kind of wood floor is less dusty and not difficult to maintain. But, solid hardwood floors are hard to install as well as the high cost.
5. Cork Wood Floor
Cork flooring is appreciated due to its friendliness with the environment and antimicrobial, other pathogens resistance. The main material to make this wood floor is oak trees. However, the color of wood might fade under the influence of sunlight.
With these wood floors, you should know how to remove any water stains and maintain them. Check the methods and apply them with your water stains!
Methods To Remove Water Stains From Wood Floors
Is it difficult to return to the original look for your wood floor? Do not worry! I am here to help you do that!
Remove The White Stains
White water stains (White rings) often appear on your wood floor because of the resting of cold glasses or hot plates.
The heat and moisture from these things will make the clear finish layers of the wood floor white or sometimes milky gray. Although white stains do not impact your wood floor layers, they make the wood floor look bad.
Method 1: Use Mineral Oil Or Mineral Spirits
Return new wood floors for you with mineral oil or spirits. Just 4 easy steps, you might be an “enemy” of all white stains!
- Mineral oil or Mineral Spirits
- Soft, damp towel
- Dust cleaning tools ( vacuum cleaner, cleaning dry towel)
Step 1: Firstly, you use the cleaning tools to clean the dust from the stain areas. If the stained area is dirty with dust, it might be ineffective.
Step 2: Next, apply an amount of mineral oil or mineral spirits (if the mineral oil is not effective) to the towel.
Step 3: Then, you should wipe the towel to the white stain and keep the oil remaining on the wood floor for at least 8 hours.
Step 4: Check your wood floor again and use a dry, clean towel to remove the oil when the stain disappears.
Method 2: Baking Soda With Water
You do not have mineral oil or spirit? Take the baking soda to clean the wood floor in your house and see how it works!
- Baking soda
- Dust cleaning tools
- A microfiber towel
Step 1: Use clean tools to remove any dust from that area and mix baking soda with a little amount of water in a bowl.
Step 2: Apply the mixture to the towel and wipe the stain several times. You should leave this cleaning overnight.
Step 3: The next morning, use a clean towel to remove the mixture and the white stain.
Method 3: Other Quick Tricks With Commercial Products
If you can not remove the white stain by the two methods above, I suggest you use my quick tricks with other products, including toothpaste, mayonnaise, vinegar with olive oil, or an iron.
In case you do not have available mineral oil and spirits, toothpaste is also a useful option for you.
Step 1: Simply use a toothbrush with an amount of non-gel toothpaste, wipe slightly to remove the white stain.
Step 2: To get a higher result, you can mix toothpaste with baking soda to clean the stain.
Step 3: Finally, apply a polish layer on the wood floor with lemon oil if possible.
You can use mayonnaise instead of toothpaste with the same process.
Step 1: Use the sandpaper or toothbrush to rub slightly onto the water stains.
Step 2: Apply mayonnaise to a clean towel and wipe it 2 or 3 times on the stains.
Step 3: A note for you is to leave it on the stain overnight and remove everything with a clean towel the next day.
Vinegar with olive oil:
The vinegar will help you clean the stain and when it combines with olive oil, your wood floor will be polished automatically without much effort.
Mix two of them and clean with a towel until the white stain is gone.
Salt and olive oil:
If you just have salt and olive oil, just mix two of them and be ready to clean the white water stains from wood floors.
Step 1: Prepare a mixture that includes salt and olive oil.
Step 2: Use a toothbrush or other things to rub the mixture on the stains for 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 3: Clean the wood floor with a clean towel and apply the polish product to your wood floor.
Are you surprised after knowing your hairdryer can remove the white stain?
Step 1: Just by turning on the dryer and directing it to the spot where the stain is, you can remove the stain never easier.
Step 2: However, if you choose this trick, you have to put the hairdryer away from the wood floor at least 3 inches because it might be swollen in very hot conditions.
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Not only removing white water stains, but the magic eraser can also clean many things around you effectively, such as dishes, wood furniture, and so on.
Step 1: To remove water stains from wood floors, firstly, use a damp eraser to rub the water stain on your wood floor.
Step 2: If your white stain has been on the wood floor for a long time, you have to rub it several times until it begins to fade.
Step 3: Use wax or varnish to polish the finish layer of the wood floor.
Do you know you can remove white water stains just with an iron and a soft piece of cloth? Check it out!
Step 1: You should add a cloth above the stain. I recommend you to use plain cotton cloth and avoid any cloth which has patterns.
Step 2: Modify your iron at the lowest temperature.
Step 3: Put it on the cloth in a few seconds. If you see it does not work after 2-3 times, you should change the different method.
Remove The Black Stains
The black water stains are the dark spots caused by ink, blood, spilled water, or food, etc. These stains can cause many problems to the wood floor layers because it has been dry for a long time.
Besides that, if you do not clean the wood floor or maintain it regularly, black water stains will appear on it. Cleaning this type of water stain is harder than the white stain.
Method 1: Use Sandpaper
This method is commonly preferred for any normal black stains which you can find in your house.
- Sandpaper (Type: #100-grit)
- Steel wool
- Varnish/Lacquer for wood (Choose the suitable finish layer with your wood floor.)
Step 1: Use sandpaper to rub the wood floor which has any black water stains. You should rub it according to the direction of the wood.
Step 2: Next, rub that area again with steel wool to deeply clean the old finished layer with the stain.
Step 3: Blend the new finished layer to match with other finished layers.
Method 2: Use Bleach
This is the last choice for you to remove stubborn dark water stains from wood floors. This bleaching process is not a good option because it can damage your wood floor.
- Sandpaper (Type: #100-grit and #150-grit)
- Steel wood (Type: #0000)
- Soft towel
- Disposable gloves
- A medical mask
- Tack cloth (Vacuum)
- Chlorine bleach or Hydrogen peroxide
- Varnish/Lacquer for wood (Choose the suitable finish layer with your wood floor.)
- Wood color paint
- 2 paintbrushes
Step 1: Begin by rubbing the #100-grit sandpaper directly to the stained area. You must be careful and rub along each wood floor with stable pressure. In that way, you can clean the stain with the finish layer but do not damage any other layers of the wood.
Step 2: Next, this is time to use the other sandpaper which types #150-grit.
Step 3: Continue to rub around the stained area, but you do not need to rub widely on the wood floor. Just keep going with some edges near the stains.
Step 4: Concurrently use the #150-grit sandpaper with steel wool to rub the entire stained area 2-3 times before finishing the rubbing process.
Step 5: At this time, clean the dust in that area with a vacuum cleaner.
Step 6: You can use Hydrogen peroxide to lighten up the dark area after rubbing. Combine the chemical with water in a 1:1 ratio.
Step 7: Apply the chemical mixture above to a soft towel and wipe the towel on the wood floor within 10 minutes.
Step 8: Let your wood floor dry
Step 9: Blend the wood color paint and finish layers that you have already prepared to that area carefully.
Step 10: Seal that area to allow it to dry.
Step 11: When the new layer is dry, use the steel wood to flatten if there are any bumps in the new area.
- If the stain does not appear, you should treat it by applying Hydrogen peroxide directly to the wood floor for 10 minutes. Then, let it dry for a night.
- If Hydrogen peroxide does not work, replace it with Chlorine bleach and do the same process.
Is it hard for beginners to bleach wood floors? Of course not!
Can You Prevent Water Stains From Wood Floors?
“Prevention is always better than cure”. Before letting bad water stains “attack” your beautiful wood floor, as well as the methods to remove water stains from wood floors, I will share with you some ways to protect them.
- Clean any water stains immediately after anything was accidentally dropped on wood floors.
- Instead of steam mops, you should use machines or products such as vacuums or wood floor cleaning machines, etc which specialize in cleaning wood floors.
- If possible, you should use rugs in “dangerous” locations such as the kitchen, living, or dining room, and so on.
- Regularly check the wood floor areas in your house to realize the stains sooner. You can do that when cleaning your wood floor.
- Replace using a wet towel with a damp one when cleaning the floor.
How To Varnish The Finish Layer After Removing Stain?
When removing any stains, especially black stains, applying the finish layer is necessary. However, this last step also needs some techniques and tips to complete it perfectly.
Choose Suitable Finish Layer Product
You have to check and determine the finish layer of other areas in your wood floor before considering. As you know, there are 2 types of products to complete the finish layer which are Varnish and Lacquer.
Varnish is a transparent finish layer. Its pros are very hard and high protection to your wood floor. Besides that, on a level, this type of finish product also resists the wood floor from UV.
Not only wood floors, but Varnish is also a great layer of wood furniture that brings natural beauty to your home furniture. Another benefit of varnish is that it is easy to apply as well as lacquer.
Lacquer is considered the quickest finish layer for wood floors. I highly recommend you prefer using lacquer rather than vanish because of the higher protection to wood floors.
Lacquer can protect your wood floor from even Acid, Alkali, Water, and some other chemicals. The only cons of this type might be scratched over time. But, just applying a new layer and everything will be done!(3)
Step By Step To Make A New Layer
If you have to “fight” with the black water stains or any stubborn stains, applying a new layer for the wood floor is a necessary process that decides the success of your cleaning effort. Are you ready to renew your wood floor?
- 2 paintbrushes
- Sandpaper (#100-grit)
- The wood color paint for your floor
- Finish layer product
- Vacuum cleaner
- Disposable gloves and medical mask
Step 1: After bleaching and cleaning the stain, you need to clean the wood floor.
Step 2: Use sandpaper to rub slightly to the stain position and the areas surrounding it.
Step 3: Clean the dust again.
Step 4: Use a paintbrush and blend the first finish layer.
Step 5: Rub slightly the first layers, and then continue to clean if there is any dust.
Step 6: Blend the wood color paint that is in the same color as your floor.
Step 7: Blend the finish layer.
Step 8: Protect the area to allow it to dry.
- To protect your health, you have to wear gloves and a mask during the process.
- You can use a wood paint-sprayer instead of paint brushes.
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After knowing how to remove water stains from wood floors, if you are still confused, discuss and find the solution with me now!
Extra Tips To Remove Water Stains From Wood Floor
As I said, you need to remove water stains from wood floors immediately when you recognize them. If you let it cling to the wood floor for a long time, it will make the floor look unsightly and very hard to treat.
Remember do not mix Hydrogen peroxide and Chlorine bleach and apply it to your wood floor, the floor will be damaged immediately and there is no way to fix it.
If you have to conduct a bleaching process, make sure that you wear a mask and gloves before doing.
Keep children and pets away from the area where you remove water stains from wood for 2 or 3 days.
So, how to remove water stains from wood floors? I think you have the answer. I hope you will gain more useful information and also tips to do it perfectly.
Now, check any water stains on your wood floor and then apply a method and see how it works! Leave a comment to share about your experience with me, I always appreciate that!
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