Step By Steps Instructions Of Bleaching Dark Spots On Wood Floors
Urine or water spots, that have not been taken care of well in time, are the main reasons for dark spots to appear on the wood flooring. As soon as the wood floors get affected by the stain, treat it as quickly as possible before letting it dry, once the stain dries, it can be difficult to get rid of it entirely from your floor. One of the options is to stain the floor darker, however, the dark spots may still be easily seen or noticed. Letting water stand on your wood floor for a longer period of time, can cause it to seep through the finish and create dark spots in the wood. Nails driven through the faces of boards, sometimes important for a floor installation, can have the same effect. The safest way to get rid of these types of stains is to treat them using oxalic acid bleach. Unlike stronger bleaches, this type of bleach doesn't have an effect on the wood color.
- Rubber Gloves
- Safety Glasses
- Steel Wool Pad
- Mineral Spirits
- Cloths, Vinegar & Bleach
- Fine-Grit Sandpaper
- Polyurethane Or Floor Wax
Step By Step Instructions
- First of all, for safety purposes wear your rubber gloves and safety glasses. Dip in a steel wool pad with mineral spirits before rubbing the stained area with the pad. Let the mineral spirits dry completely.
- The next step is to dip & wet cloth in vinegar, and then put or spread the vinegar to the stain. Allow the vinegar to sit for some time.
- Continue with the application of vinegar if in case the stain lightens after 30 minutes. Keep applying vinegar and leaving it for some time as long as the stain will no longer fade.
- Then, make a solution of equal parts of household bleach and water, if the vinegar fails to lighten the dark spot.
- Spread the bleach and water to the stain with the help of a clean cloth. Wait a few minutes for the stain to fade. Continue with the application of bleach as long as you are satisfied with the fading away of dark spots.
- After that, counteract the bleach with vinegar, as soon as the stain has faded away. Permit the wood to dry entirely. Sand the area smooth with the help of fine-grit sandpaper before vacuuming the sanding dust from the floor.
- Apply a stain that exactly matches the floor using a rag. Leave it to sit for nearly 10 to 15 minutes before wiping the excess stain away.
- Finally, make the floor dry entirely. Brush polyurethane or spread floor wax over the treated area. Use the same finishing product that you have used on the rest of the flooring.