Those stunning hardwood floors can add that extra touch of class to your home—they’re fantastic! However, they require some extra care to stay looking their best, and when it comes to stubborn stains, you’ve got to be even more gentle in your approach.
Don’t worry, though! You can effectively bring your stained hardwood floors back to life without going all rough and tough, and here you’ll find out how!
Is sanding a good option?
Usually, when those pesky stains run deep, sanding is the name of the game. However, it’s like a double-edged sword. While it works like a charm, going overboard with sanding can do some real damage to your floor’s finish and even the wood itself.
So, before you unleash the sandpaper, consider a gentler approach (we’ve got it below). But if you’re feeling adventurous, check out this guide first on sanding and refinishing.
Clean hardwood floors with vinegar: a gentle option
White vinegar is a practical, budget-friendly, and less risky option, especially for those surface-level stains. It’s almost as effective as sanding but with fewer potential pitfalls. So, let’s get to it!
Step #1. Mix up your own cleaning solution
Grab a spray bottle and mix ½ cup of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Avoid using straight-up vinegar, as it can be a bit too aggressive for your wooden surfaces.
Step #2. Apply your homemade vinegar mix
Now, resist the urge to go all-out with the spray, like you might with other stubborn stains. Too much vinegar can spell trouble for the finish, and drowning the wood is a no-no. Give that stained spot a gentle spritz, just enough to moisten the mess, and let it work for five minutes.
Step #3. Scrub the stains off
After the five-minute countdown, give the area a scrub with the soft side of a kitchen sponge. If that stain isn’t budging, you can bring out the big guns with the rough side of the sponge. Once the stain surrenders, wipe away the residue with a damp cloth.
Step #4. Dry the area
Moisture and wood are a bad combo because the wood can get all twisted. So, ensure there’s good airflow or employ some trusty fans to completely dry the area. If possible, give the area a quick wipe with a dry cloth or mop to accelerate the process.
Can you use a store-bought cleaner instead?
If you’re not too concerned about stronger chemicals or don’t mind a quick shopping trip, those specialized cleaners can do the job just fine. Just remember to read the label to make sure the product is adequate for your floor. Also, doing a spot test wouldn’t hurt either!
Note: We still recommend you try white vinegar. It’s gentle on your floors and your wallet.
Keep the rest of your house always shining!
One of the best ways to keep your hardwood floors stain-free is to clean them regularly. If you don’t have enough time to do it, Shine Bright Cleaning Services can help you by sending skilled professionals to tackle your floors—and the rest of your place, too! Book today!