Removing Stains from Solid Wood Floors

It's Friday night and you're ready to relax with a drink and a takeaway with some friends. You're having a great evening until someone has an accident and spills their wine on your solid wood floor. You suddenly get the familiar feeling of your heart sinking. It's incredibly easy to panic, afterall when you've spent all of this money on your beautiful new flooring so you want it to last as long as possible. Don't stress yet though, if you act fast enough you might be able to save them from being ruined.

The most important thing to remember is to pause, take a breath and assess the situation. It's easy to run to the cleaning supplies cupboard and grab the first thing you see that you think might help but you might actually be making it worse. Think about what it is that's been dropped on your floor and go from there. Search online to see if anyone has found a good way to clean that kind of stain off of wooden floors already. If not, soak up the spillage with paper towels and gently wipe it with a damp cloth. One of the best things to do would be to contact the manufacturer to see if they can recommend a method or product to help get the stain out.

Like with any surface, pale or white stains are much easier to remove and so you shouldn't stress too much. As long as you get to it quickly it shouldn't show up too much. However, the darker the stain the more likely it is to leave a permanent mark. You need to get to it quickly to try to take the worst out of it.

Perhaps the most effective way of removing stains is to use hydrogen peroxide. Affordable and easy to get hold of, it’s your most reliable source to get the stain off. Just dab it in a cloth and place it over the stain and leave it for around 6 hours. The stain should hopefully be gone after this time, however if it’s extra stubborn (like with red wine) then leave it again for another 12 hours.

In most cases, this should help you to get most of the stain out, and hopefully the manufacturer can recommend something to get the last of the stain out. If it still hasn't come out then you don't need to panic but you will need to do some more work. As a last resort you might need to take drastic action and sand and restain the floors to get the stain out. Sanding your floors will work but it really should be a last resort - they shouldn't usually need sanding for 15-20 years. It is possible to sand down and refinish just the area where the stain is, but it might make the floor look uneven which will probably annoy you even more. If you're going to go to the effort of sanding the floor it's better to just commit to sanding the whole thing so it looks the best that it can. There's no point spending all of that money and then not giving them chance to look their best!

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