Floor Sanding and Polishing

Stains on Timber Floors

Floor Sanding and Polishing

No floor is immune to stains. But we can usually get stains our with the right treatment.

Hardwood floors are more porous than tiles, so they tend to absorb liquids. A floor treated with polyurethane or a similar coating will resist staining more than a floor that is only finished with a stain. But both should be cleaned promptly to prevent permanent staining.

Given how expensive hardwood flooring is we want to prevent any stains.


Bicarbonate of Soda

Baking Soda has many uses. Among other things it removes stains from many surfaces. it is probably the best way to remove dye stains from timber surfaces.

Mix the Bicarb. with some vinegar to make a paste. And spread it on the stain. Rub it with a clean sponge and then wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Dish Detergent

Some detergent in warm water will remove food, nail polish and many liquid spills. Simply clean with a rag soaked in the detergent liquid and buff dry with a cloth.

Phenol Solution

Children and pets can leave urine stains on the floor. A 5% phenol solution will remove the stain and the odor.

Isopropyl Alcohol

alcohol will remove permanent marker and other pen stains. Use the Isopropyl Alcohol on a cloth to rub the stain away. Then clean the area with a damp rag.

Magic Eraser

A magic eraser (melamine) is mildly abrasive. It can scrub away many stains and marks without damaging the floor finish.


Floor Sanding and Polishing

Timber floors are very durable, lasting for decades. Superficial damage, like scratches or dents, can be removed with re-sanding and polishing.