How to Remove Black Spots From Wood Floors

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How to Remove Black Spots From Wood Floors
Remove black spots from wood floors using steel wool and cleaning products. (wood image by Zbigniew Nowak from

It’s important to properly remove black spots found on your hardwood floors or you could damage the wood. Black spots can appear on hardwood floors if water spots, urine or ink stains go untreated. Depending on the stain and how it reacts to certain treatments, you may have to try a variety of cleaning methods before you find one that works. After removing the stain, you should sand the wood and apply new floor wax in order to retain the original colour of the wood.

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Things you need

  • Steel wool pad
  • White spirit
  • Clean cloths
  • Bleach or vinegar
  • Sandpaper
  • Flooring wax

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  1. 1

    Rub the stained area of the floor with a steel wool pad. If the stain persists, apply some white spirit solvent to the area and rub with steel wool. Allow the substance to dry on the floor.

  2. 2

    Dampen a clean cloth with household vinegar or bleach if the stain persists. Gently rub the stained area with the cloth. Let it sit for about one hour.

  3. 3

    Dampen a clean cloth with water and rinse the stained area of the floor. Wipe the area dry with another clean cloth.

  4. 4

    Rub fine sandpaper to smooth the floor. Apply a small amount of floor wax to just cover the affected area, and buff the wood with a soft cloth.

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