Even when sealed, hardwood floors are delicate surfaces. So when it comes to cleaning, these surfaces require specific methods and solutions, especially when stains are concerned.
If you want to treat the stains but don’t want to damage your floors, you need to be extra careful! How? Below you will find your best options for cleaning stained hardwood.
Can I sand the floor to remove the stains?
When certain stains are too deep into your hardwood floors, sanding is the best—and sometimes only—method for removing them. However, as doing this will effectively remove stains, it can also damage the finish if you’re not careful.
Still, you can always try this method if you’re feeling handy (at your own risk!). Click here for a guide to sanding and refinishing.
How to clean hardwood floors with homemade vinegar cleaner
How about the more superficial stains? While sanding hardwood will certainly remove these, most of the time, a more traditional approach will get the job done. This way, you won’t risk a ruined finish!
For this method, try white vinegar! This strong option is not heavy on chemicals and won’t ruin your hardwood floors. Follow these three easy steps:
- Make a cleaning solution by mixing ½ a cup of white vinegar with two cups of water and a splash of dish soap in a spray bottle.
- Spray the solution over the stained areas and scrub with a soft sponge.
- Wipe the spots clean with a damp cloth.
- Let the floor dry under good ventilation (or turn on some fans) to prevent unwanted moisture.
Warning: Don’t let the vinegar solution linger during the process; scrub right away! If you wait too long, it could eat away at your floor’s finish.
Can I just use a store-bought cleaner?
If you prefer cleaning agents specially made for your floors and don’t mind the harsh chemicals (or the trip to the store), this is still an excellent option. Just make sure it’s the right product, so check the label and instructions before you purchase—it doesn’t hurt to spot-test, either!
However, we still encourage you to give white vinegar a shot because it’s perfectly safe to use and budget-friendly.
Pro tip: it’s always better to clean the spills immediately
Removing the spills and grime off your floors right away will always be the best thing to avoid complicating future cleanings! So, whenever you can, wipe any spill or leak as soon as they happen.
Doing so helps prevent the stains or moisture from getting too deep in the wood. Also, it’ll keep the grime from drying and sticking to the floor.
Let CalMaids give maintenance cleaning to your floors!
Cleaning the floors after they get stained is not the only thing you should do! Any floor (but especially hardwood) needs regular cleanings to give it good maintenance.
Don’t have time to clean your wooden floors regularly on top of all your other chores? CalMaids can help you keep your floors clean on a regular basis! Get in touch with us and schedule your cleaning today.