When it comes to your floor, things don’t stop once you have chosen which one you want. Whether you have decided to go for acacia, walnut or the more traditional oak flooring, the most difficult part comes afterwards when you have to clean and maintain your floor. Of course the life expectancy of a floor is something you can’t change, but sometimes because we haven’t properly taken care of the floor, it can get damaged and ends up very worn out has to be replaced early. One of the reasons this happens is not properly removing stains. Luckily there are ways to correctly remove a stain. Luxury Flooring & Furnishings show us a few ways to do this in this post.
One of the most important things you need to do when a spillage has occurred is to remove it as fast as possible. By doing this, you cut down the risk of staining. A liquid left on wood floor could seep through the core of the board and cause the wood to expand, contract and warp, thus damaging the plank.
There are two kind of stains you can find. The first one is a lighter or more pale stain in appearance, and this occurs when the liquid is only on the surface of the floor. This is good as it means that the stain should be easily cleaned. The second type is a darker stain, which is not so good as it is a result of the fluid penetrating further into the grain of the floor. If this happens, simply trying to remove the stain won’t work – and in the worst cases you will need to re-sand your floor. In most cases however, an effective way to remove stains would be to use hydrogen peroxide. This is a much easier and less messy way of getting rid of those more permanent stains. How do you use this product? You need to soak a cotton cloth in hydrogen peroxide and place it on the stain. You leave it there for six hours in order for the solution to completely reach the stain and remove it from the grain. After the six hours, make sure you remove the cloth and any excess product. If it hasn’t worked, you should wait 12 hours and repeat the process again.
What happens if you have to go for the more drastic option and sand your floor? There are two options here, you can either sand only the area affected by the stain, or you can sand the whole floor. If you decide to just sand the affected area, there is a risk that you could end up with an uneven floor, in terms of the rest of the floor looking a bit different from the sanded area. However, if you decide to sand the whole floor, you will have an even look, although it will end up being quite expensive and extremely time consuming. That being said, it can be an excellent opportunity to rejuvenate a worn out floor and make it look new and fresh.
And there you have it, some of the ways you can remove stains from your wood floor. There are of course lots of other possibilities and if you don’t feel confident enough to do it by yourself, you can always refer to the help of a specialist!