Sweeping or vacuuming wooden floor is essential to maintain it. But in spite of doing all this, your wood floor still can get different types of stains. Ordinary stains can be removed easily but there are some stains which need special tips and techniques to be followed. Here I have given methods of removing some stains which can spoil your hard wood floors.
If you see gum stuck on your wood floor, first try to pick it off using your fingers. Now take a plastic bag and put some ice in it. Place this bag on chewing gum and let it stay there until gum is frozen. After some time, you will be able to remove gum with something thin like credit card. But make sure you are not using something sharp like knife, blade or screwdriver as these devices may produce scratches on floor. The method given above for removing gum stains can also be used for removing wax stains.
Careless smokers can cause damage to your luxurious wood floor. You can get rid of these stains by applying a paste of linseed oil and rottenstone on affected area. After applying this paste, rub the area gently until spot disappears. After that, clean that area with a cloth and then polish it.
You can prevent crayon stains by providing your kids with washable crayons. If you still have a crayon stain on your wood floor, rub affected area with toothpaste using a moist cloth. When the spot disappears, wipe the floor dry.
Dried Milk and Alcohol Stains
Beverages like milk and alcohol mostly spill on floor and cause stains. To remove stains of milk and alcohol, take a cloth and dampen it with ammonia. Rub the spoiled area with this cloth and after spot get dry, apply some wax with your fingertip. Afterwards you can polish the spot.
Oil stains can be removed with a simple method. Firstly, try to blot up as much oil as possible with a tissue paper or newspaper. Then take a cloth and dip in it dry-clean fluid. Allow this cloth to stay on spot for five minutes. Wipe the area with a dry cloth and then again wipe the area with a solution of detergent and water.
Water marks are most common stains that you can see on wood floors. An easy method to remove water stains is to rub area with some toothpaste with the help of clean and damp cloth. Make sure to apply toothpaste in rounded motion. When stain is removed, clean the toothpaste with another wet cloth. If these water stains are older then rub affected area with steel wool and then recoat area with wax.
Hardwood floors are quite delicate and spoil quickly. Even sunlight can make wood floor discolored. To prevent it, close blinds on windows to stop excessive light from coming in room. To further maintain and take care of your wood floor, use felt pads under furniture legs and feet so that floor may not be scratched.