Thursday, March 19, 2015

4 Tips for Removing Marks from Your Hardwood Floors

With a little preventative maintenance, you can keep your Madison hardwood floors looking great even longer.  You can prevent marks by using floor protectors under furniture and placing rugs in areas to ensure children's toys don't scratch the floor. Here are 4 tips from Better Homes and Gardens on removing marks from your hardwoods:

Removing Marks from Hardwoods

Before trying to remove a mark, consider your hardwood floor's finish. If the stain is on the surface, your floor probably has a hard finish, such as urethane. For these surface stains, you should be able to simply wipe the floor with a soft, clean cloth. Never use sandpaper, steel wool or harsh chemicals on a floor with a hard finish because they can permanently damage the finish. If the stain has penetrated through to the wood, the floor probably has a soft oiled finish. This soft oil finish is common in older homes who's floors have not been refinished and resealed.

Remedies for Marks on Soft Oil Finished Floors  

1. Dark Spots and Pet Stains - Rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and some floor wax. If the area is still dark, apply bleach or vinegar and allow it to soak into the wood for about an hour. Be sure to rinse the area with a damp cloth when the hour is up.

2. Hell Marks - Use a fine steel wool to rub in floor wax.

3. Oil Based Stains - Rub the area with a soft cloth and dishwashing detergent to break down the grease. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with clear water. If one application doesn't get rid of the mark, repeat the procedure. Keep children and pets away from the room until you're done. Let the spot dry, then smooth the raised grain with fine sandpaper.

4. Water Marks or White Stains - Rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If the stain goes deeper, lightly sand the flood and clean with fine steel wool and odorless mineral spirits.

If needed, end each of the treatments above by staining the wood, then waxing and buffing the spot to match the rest of the floor.

If your hardwood floors in Madison, Wisconsin are too marked up for these treatments to solve the problem, consider installing new ones. Floors for Less has hardwood flooring in a variety of shades and styles. Stop by our showroom to see our selection. Get good flooring at a great price at our Madison flooring company!

For all your flooring needs, contact the BEST flooring company in Madison, WI

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Madison, WI 53713
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