How to remove stains from hardwood floors is going to depend on what type of stain it is. Surface stains are treated differently than those that soak way down into the wood. So, your first order of business is to stare at the stain a little bit to assess it.
How to Remove Stains from Hardwood Floors
After taking a good long look at the floor’s stain, determine if it is in the finish or if it has gone through the finish. How to remove stains from hardwood floors depends on how deep the stain.
A Cloudy White Stain
Cloudy white stains strongly suggest the spilled liquid only damaged the finish of the hardwood floor. If it is a new stain, do nothing for a couple of days. Sometimes this type of stain will dry out and not leave a trace.
If two days later it is still there, then it is time to try to remove it.
You can use a 0000 steel wool with plain toothpaste and some Old English lemon oil. Put some toothpaste on the stain. Use the steel wool to rub the toothpaste on the stain. Use strokes that go with the grain of the wood until the stain is removed. Wipe clean. Rub some lemon oil into the area after the stain is removed.
Dark Spots and Rings
If the stain is dark, this means that the stain has gone beyond the finish and into the wood. You are going to need a professional to remove this stain.
Learning how to remove stains from hardwood floors takes time and a lot of practice. If you’re a homeowner, give us a call for a reference of a professional that can remove that stain for you.
Over time you’ll need to clean your grout floor to restore its beauty. So much dirt will collect on the grout that you will actually forget that it is supposed to be a color and not black! Here is the correct way to remove that dirt that is hiding the beauty of your tile floor.
Make a Clean Grout Floor
The best way to clean a grout floor is to use the natural products that for most people have been lost to time. Borax and baking soda are natural products that give the best results in removing organic stains like dirty grout. These products do a spectacular job in removing stains like dirt, food items and grass stains, but won’t do a thing for nonorganic messes like ink spills.
To get your tile floor looking like brand new, mix 1/4 cup of borax with 1/2 cup of baking soda and mix. Then add boiling water until it is a runny, paste-like consistency. Stir well and immediately apply to the grout in the floor, scrubbing it in as you go. Do not wipe it up immediately. This mixture needs time to work its magic. You will need to let it sit for at least 20 minutes to give it time to break down the dirt and organic matter. After the wait is done, rinse and you will have beautiful grout once again.
There is nothing toxic about Borax or baking soda, but it is best to wear gloves to keep it from destroying your manicure and drying out your hands. Read the safety guidelines on the boxes for more information on proper handling of these materials.
When It Is Time to Replace the Flooring
If your tile is showing signs of serious wear like chipped tiles and broken grout, give us a call. Sometimes just getting a clean grout floor isn’t enough. It might need repair.