How to Remove Marks from Hardwood Floors

How to Remove Marks from Hardwood Floors

If you have beautiful hardwood floors, why not take care of them? Scratches, stains, and marks can mar the appearance of your floor, so it’s important to know how to remove marks from hardwood floors!

Here’s how to do it right:

  • Treat stains according to the finish — If the stain is only on the surface, it’s likely that your hardwood floor is finished with urethane. You can get up most surface stains using a clean, soft cloth. However, if the stain is on the wood itself, it means you have an oil-based finish. This type of finish is much harder to clean!
  • Use steel wool –– While you never want to use steel wool on a hard finish, you can use it on a soft, oil-based finish. Rub gently using No. 000 steel wool, and try to limit contact to just the stain. The steel wool can grind away at the finish, so you’ll need to make sure to apply a new coat of wax to hide the marks left by the cleaning.
  • Apply a fresh layer of floor wax –– Once you’ve cleaned out the stains–be they heel marks, dark spots, pet stains, oil-based stains, or water marks–it’s vital that you apply a fresh layer of wax on top of the treated area. You will have likely scrubbed away a bit of the wood’s finish, so wax will help to protect the treated spot. Apply a smooth, even coat, but make sure there is plenty of wax to cover it.

Before you do any sort of mark or stain removal from your hardwood floors, do a bit of research to make sure you’ve got it right. You don’t want to end up ruining your hardwood floors due to a mistake!

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