Please help! There’s a big ugly stain on my hardwood floor!

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 Valenti 1 year, 6 months ago.

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    My husband and I have been away for one full week. When we got back home, we had a very bad surprise: there’s a big, dark stain on the hardwood floor, in a corner of our kitchen.

    Is there something we can do to clean it? Or do we have to replace this part of our floor, or to refinish it? We installed our beautiful Fuse Flooring hardwood floor only last year. We love it, and we want to get rid of this ugly stain quickly.


    Well first, where does the stain come from? Do you have any idea? It didn’t just appear there while you were gone, there must have been something that spilled on your floor, and the liquid seeped into the surface of the hardwood.


    To be honest we have no idea what happened… No one entered our home while we were away, and we don’t know what could have spilled on the floor in that corner of the kitchen.

    We’re more concerned about trying to save our hardwood floor if we can.


    Yeah, I understand that… But if you have no idea what caused the dark stain, you can’t be sure it won’t happen again, right? It would be terrible to work hard to get rid of that stain, only to find another stain at the same spot a few weeks later.


    Ughh, you’re right! 🙁 We’ll have to try to investigate.


    Fortunately, there are many things you can try to get rid of that stain.

    First, you’ll have to use a damp cloth to clean your hardwood floor, where the stain is. It’s important to work on a clean floor. Then, use some fine steel wool and gently rub over the stain.

    Then, soak a rag in white vinegar, and apply it over the stain. Leave on for 5 minutes. Maybe that will be enough to make the stain lighter.

    If that didn’t work, you can try using hydrogen peroxide. Soak a clean rag in hydrogen peroxide, and apply it to the stain. Again, leave it there for at least 5 minutes. If the stain is less visible after one try, you can do it again until it disappears completely.

    If there is no improvement, use your steel wool again, with some mineral spirits this time. Your goal is to remove the protective surface of your hardwood floor, not everywhere of course, just around the stain.

    Then, make a solution of water and bleach and wipe it over the stain. You can start with water and just a bit of bleach, and then increase the amount of bleach for the second time you wipe the stain.

    After all this, it should be gone! It’s important to try with the vinegar first, maybe that will be enough. Don’t use the bleach solution right away.


    Thanks a lot! We’ll try these tips…

    But then, let’s say we’ve removed the protective layer of the hardwood floor, and we managed to make the ugly stain go away… What do we do? Because surely the floor will look different now, less shiny I guess?


    When the stain is gone, let the area dry completely. Then you can sand, stain and refinish it so it will look just like the rest of the floor. Be sure to use hardwood floor wax.


    Sounds like a lot of work… Hopefully the stain will come off with only the vinegar… If it disappears right away, do we have to stain and refinish the area?


    It depends on how it will look. If the finish of the wood is damaged, you might need to only use wax to add a protective layer.


    Ok, thank you.

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