If you have hardwood floors in your home, you may have some areas where the beauty of the flooring is marred by old water stains, so you would like to try to remove them. If so, use the following tips for removing old water stains on your home's wood floors, using ingredients you may already have in your cupboards.
Sand the Finish Off of the Wood
Before you start treating the stain, the first thing you will need to do is sand off a thin layer of wood. Sanding the finish allows for easier absorption of the treatment's ingredients.
Sand in the direction of the grain with fine-grit sandpaper so that you leave a smooth surface. If you use sandpaper with a coarse grit or go against the grain, you will rip the wood grain and permanently damage the wood.
Wipe the Wood With Hydrogen Peroxide
Once you have sanded the wood to a smooth finish, use a cloth dampened with hydrogen peroxide to wipe away the wood dust. When applied to the top layer of the stain, the peroxide starts breaking it up in preparation for the next phase of the stain-removal process.
The dampness it provides the cloth also helps ensure you remove all of the dust that could scratch the wood. If you still see wood dust on the floor, use a clean part of the cloth with fresh peroxide to wipe it up. Do not use water, as it will only cause further staining and damage to the floor.
After wiping the wood with the peroxide, let it sit for about five or ten minutes to give the application time to work. Then, wipe the area with a dry, lint-free cloth.
Apply Mayonnaise to the Stain
Once you have completed your peroxide treatment, the next thing is to apply mayonnaise to the stain. The oils in the mayonnaise not only pull the stain out, but they also help condition the wood that has been stripped of moisture by the water.
Apply about a quarter of an inch of mayonnaise over the entire stain, extending out a little bit beyond the edges. Leave the application on for about an hour.
After enough time has passed, use a thin piece of cardboard to scrape up the excess mayonnaise. Then, use a clean, dry lint-free cloth to rub in what remains, and leave it to soak in overnight.
The next morning, wipe the area once again with a dry cloth. The stain should be gone or barely visible.
Rub the Wood With Orange Oil
After cleaning the stain, you will need to add extra moisture back into the wood. Orange oil is a natural moisturizer that cleans and conditions wood, leaving it with a lustrous shine.You can either use straight orange oil on the wood or make a homemade cleaner and conditioner if you can still see some remnants of the stain.
Pour a small amount of oil on a dry cloth, and apply it to the wood using small, circular motions. Let the oil soak in for about 15 minutes.
Once the orange oil has soaked into the wood, use a chamois cloth to remove the excess and buff the wood. Rub with the grain to ensure the oil goes into all crevices of the floor
The above tips can help you remove small water stains from your wood flooring. However, if you find your floors are badly stained, dull, or damaged, contact a wood floor contractor at a company like Monterrey Tile Company to have them inspect your floors and discuss your options for either restoring or replacing the wood on your floors, depending on the extent of the damage to the material and finish.