Accidents happen. Wine glasses are knocked over, juice boxes are spilled by your children, and sometimes, Fido can’t hold it until you get home. This is an inevitable part of life, and that’s okay because there is no way to avoid it. However, when you have hardwood floors, you might start to panic when you notice a stain. After all, this was a big investment into your home, and you would hate to see your beautiful hardwood floors go to ruin. Fortunately, just because your hardwood flooring becomes stained, doesn’t mean that they can’t be fixed. There are steps you can take to remove stains from the floor, which we have outlined below. Keep in mind that even if these steps don’t work, all is not lost. You can always call in the reliable flooring experts at Texas Hardwood Flooring in Fort Worth to come save the day (and your flooring!).
Early Intervention is Key
Many people choose hardwood flooring because it is moisture resistant, especially if it has a waterproof finish. This makes it so if you do spill on your floors, immediately wiping up the liquid generally prevents any staining. However, if liquid has been spilled on your floor and has been left standing, it may bleed through the wood and create a stain. This means that promptly addressing any spills is of the utmost importance in terms of stain prevention. You may be able to sop up the liquid quick enough to prevent any visible signs of damage to your floor. However, even if you do intervene early, stains can still sometimes occur. In this case, a cleaning agent will be necessary. Try avoiding this problem by keeping towels on hand to absorb spills promptly.
Use the Right Cleaning Products
The type of cleaning product that you need to use will depend on the source of the stain. If you are exactly sure what caused the stain, trial and error is your best bet. Start with just a damp rag at first because that may be able to get the job done on its own, particularly if it is a candy, ink, or blood stain. If it is a wine stain, dampen a rag with white vinegar and try wiping it away. If it is iodine, you might try using ammonia to remove it. Chlorine can help with dye stains. However, it is very important to never mix together chlorine and ammonia, as they can create toxic fumes. If it is a paint stain, you may be able to remove it with a gentle detergent and water.
If your hardwood has been stained by water or some other fluids, it may have turned gray. If you bleach the wood using oxalic crystals, it will remove the gray. To bleach the wood, you will have to sand your finish off using a palm sander. After you bleach the wood, you may need to restain it before reapplying your finish.
Deep Clean and Deodorize
You will not always be able to intervene with stains early. Maybe you were at work when your dog had an accident, or someone inadvertently spilled something without realizing it immediately. If a liquid has been sitting for longer, a stain becomes deeper set, and therefore, much harder to remove. In many cases, it is best just to call a professional at this point and save yourself the headache. However, if you want to give the DIY route a try, you can sometimes remove stains with prolonged exposure to a cleaning agent. You can do this by moistening a towel with the cleaning agent of choice, and covering the stain with it for one or two days. If it is a pet stain, you may also need to deodorize, in which cause, you can use a phenol solution and a soft cloth and rub the stain. However, after you take these steps, a very deep stain may still not budge. If this is the case, the finish will have to be removed, and it may require your floor to be resanded first.
Call in the Experts
When all’s said and done, you may still have a stain in your hardwood flooring despite your best efforts. Alternatively, you may simply not have the time to invest in trying to fix the stain yourself. If this is the case, it’s time to call Texas Hardwood Flooring in Fort Worth. As the top flooring experts in Texas, we have a lot of experience in hardwood flooring refinishing and repair. We can help you by looking at the stain and determining the best course of action. It may be as simple as sanding and refinishing the stained area, or it may require you to restain your entire floor. Regardless of the right course of action, Texas Hardwood Flooring will be there every step of the way to make sure that we preserve the beauty and function of your flooring. Contact us today for a consultation on your stain removal needs!