Stains are inevitable, especially when it comes to floors, and let us tell you that all types of floors are at risk of staining. Even the most careful people will experience a stain from time to time because we should accept the fact that spills do happen! However, there is no reason you should get upset over stains as long as you know how to deal with them.
We have rounded up some great ideas on how to remove tough stains from hardwood and concrete floor! Here they are:
REMOVE STAINS FROM HARDWOOD
If the stain has soaked through the finish and it has penetrated the wood, this type of stain might require sanding, buffing a new coat of wax or finish. Before resorting to that, however, you can try some of these methods first:
*For water stains, you can use an iron. The stain must be covered with a dry cloth, then for a few seconds, rub the cloth with a hot iron. Make sure to NOT use the steam setting. If some parts of the stain are still visible, dampen the cloth with denatured alcohol and rub on the stain until it disappears completely.
*For other stains on hardwood flooring, you can use hydrogen peroxide. Soak a rag with hydrogen peroxide and place it over the stain. Make sure to give time for the hydrogen peroxide to seep into the wood. Once done, remove the rag and wipe up the area. Once it dries, the stain should be gone.
REMOVE STAINS FROM CONCRETE
If there are any spills on your concrete flooring, soak them up with paper towels and mop with a household cleaner and clean water. If, after mopping, the stain is still there, you can use a nylon brush to scrub it away. For large spills, kitty litter can be used to soak it up. You may also pour it on, so it will fully cover the stain. Let it sit for 24 hours then vacuum or scoop up the kitty litter and mop the floor as normal.
If the stain is more persistent, then you may buy concrete stain removers or bleach as those are great cleaning agents. Dilute the bleach and test it first on a hidden spot to ensure that it will not discolour the concrete.
Watch out for our upcoming blog next week as we will then talk about how to remove tough stains from vinyl, tile and carpet flooring! If you are looking for flooring experts to help you with your flooring needs, contact us today!