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Dealing with Stains and Hardwood Flooring


Many homeowners prefer the look and feel of hardwood flooring throughout their home and it is understandable. Hardwood makes for natural, beautiful flooring in a home. How a homeowner chooses to care for their hardwood flooring can truly make or break how well their hardwood flooring holds up over time. Accidents like liquid spills or tracking in water onto your hardwood flooring is inevitable and happens to everyone, even the most careful of homeowners. Unfortunately, liquid sitting on hardwood flooring can be detrimental if the liquid is not cleaned up promptly. Here are a few tips on dealing with stained floors:

1- Clean up any liquid spill immediately: Perhaps a guest tracked in some rainwater on the bottom of their shoes from outside or your pet decided to use the living room hardwood flooring as their new bathroom spot, then just remember, these things happen. To protect your hardwood flooring from situations like these make sure you clean up any liquid on your hardwood flooring immediately. Hardwood flooring installation is an investment in the future of your home, so do your best to preserve your investment by immediately caring for your floor the minute you see some type of liquid spill happen. The sooner you clean up the spill, the less time the liquid has to soak into your flooring and stain it. The goal is to clean up spills promptly to avoid any staining from happening.

2- Try cleaning or treating the spot first: If the stain is relatively fresh and you are quite certain that the stain has not penetrated deep into the floor boards, our first suggestion is to try various cleaning techniques and cleaning products in order to get rid of the stain.

Is the stain deep within the wood? Typically, recently finished flooring or brand new hardwood floors are still protected and sealed well, so the stain is probably only on the surface. Here’s where cleaning would work well. Find a flooring cleaner that will work well with the type of stain you have. There are cleaning products for everything these days. Just be careful with whatever you choose so that you don’t damage your flooring even more so.

Are your hardwood floors older? If your hardwood flooring is old and the seal is worn down or off, the stain may have went deeper and you may need to consider our next tip.

3- Consider having the spot sanded and refinished: If a stain has thoroughly penetrated through to you hardwood flooring and no matter what cleaning attempts you have made the spot still remains, you may want to call in hardwood flooring experts to have them assess whether your hardwood flooring is in need of sanding and hardwood flooring refinishing. Once refinished, the flooring would be resealed, which would help prevent staining from occurring once again.

When it comes to your hardwood flooring, do your best to treat it like the investment it truly is and protect your flooring at all costs necessary. Looking for more tips on dealing with stains and hardwood flooring? Feel free to comment below or contact us.

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