How to Remove Stains in Oak Floor

Oak wood is a popular choice for furniture, panelling and even flooring. Oak flooring that is cared for properly will give your home a lifetime of elegant beauty. Just as with any other flooring, oak can become dirty, dingy and even stained over time. Heat, water, urine, marker and pen stains can make your oak flooring look grimy and unattractive. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions that use household items to remove those stains and restore the look of your oak flooring.

Spray water-displacing spray on the stain.

Cover the stain with cling film and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

Create a solution of warm water and a few drops of dish washing liquid.

Saturate a soft cloth in the solution.

Rub the stain with the cloth until the stain is gone. Rinse with a clean damp cloth and towel dry.

Create a paste using non-gel toothpaste and baking soda.

Apply the paste to the heat stain.

Rub the paste into the oak flooring using a soft cloth. Continue rubbing until the paste begins to warm.

Remove the paste with a clean, damp cloth.

Reapply the paste and repeat the process until the heat stain disappears.

Preheat an iron on the medium setting.

Lay a clean, white towel on top of the water stain.

Rub the iron in a back and forth motion across the towel. Continue in this manner for several passes.

Check the stain's progress by lifting the towel. Continue moving the iron across the white towel until the stain is gone.

Soak up the excess urine with paper towels. Pat the oak flooring with the paper towels to remove as much urine as possible. Discard the paper towels.

Saturate a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide. Wring out the excess liquid.

Dab the urine stain with the saturated cotton ball. Be sure not to soak the oak flooring with the peroxide. Too much hydrogen peroxide could bleach the oak flooring.

Allow the floor to dry completely. Repeat the process until urine stain is gone.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-displacing spray
  • Cling film
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Soft cloths
  • Non-gel toothpaste
  • Baking soda
  • Iron
  • Clean white towel
  • Paper towels
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton ball
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.