How to Clean Wooden Flooring Stains and Boost Your Home’s Value

Posted by on 9/3/2014
Stains on the wooden floor, whether these are due to water spills or the natural signs of discolorations, can be problematic for every homeowner. Stained wooden floors aren’t just eyesores for household members and guests; stains can also affect your property’s curb appeal and may eventually reduce the property’s overall market value. The good news is that there are quick-fixes inside your home and commercial cleaners that can be used to clean and take away the stains. However, the cleaners and the approaches to use will depend on the source and severity of the wood stains. Here are common stains that will develop in your home, and quick fixes and cleaners to use to restore your wood floors to its original glory.

Formation of white rings or stains on the floor

Check first the formation and color of the rings before attempting to clean the surface. White stains are common, and these are normally caused by spilling water and suggest that the stain is just on the surface. Usually, these kinds of stains tend to disappear overnight. If these stains persist, you can use a damp cloth dipped in denatured alcohol and rub this over the stained part of the floor. Or use a cloth to cover the stain and rub it using a hot iron that has been set to no steam for a few seconds.

The formation of black rings on the wooden floor offers a trickier problem. Black rings normally form if the water stains have already penetrated into the finish. For these types of stains, you can try a soft brush dipped in a small amount of bleach and rub it on the stained floor. This step can be repeated a number of times, depending on the severity of the stains.

Use commercial cleansers to clear molds and discolored surfaces

Molds and discolored surface fiber can also form on wooden floors and can affect your home’s aesthetic value. Molds and discoloration that happens on the wooden floor can be addressed by wiping off the molds, sanding the hardwood floor and refinishing the floor. And if the molds and discoloration are persistent, then commercial wood cleaners can be tried out.  Commercial wooden cleaners can be applied or sprayed on the affected area and can help remove mold, mildew and discoloration and also prepare the flooring for another round of coating.

Whatever the reason for discoloration, it’s important that homeowners should act fast and correctly. Failure to clean up the stains and discoloration will not only create an eyesore but can also affect your home’s value.