How to Get Water Stains Out of Oak Flooring

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How to Get Water Stains Out of Oak Flooring
Even a small spill can stain a hardwood floor. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Maintaining a natural wood floor such as oak can be a bit of a challenge. You need to deal with damage and water spills right away or your floor could have permanent damage. If you don't get to a water spill immediately, it could cause a dark water spot on your oak flooring. If this happens, try not to panic. You may be able to restore your floor and get those water stains out.

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Things you need

  • No. 2 steel wool
  • Wood floor cleaner
  • Vinegar
  • Gloves
  • 29.6ml. oxalic acid
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Rub the water stains on your oak flooring using No. 2 steel wool. This should help rub out a lot of the stain.

  2. 2

    Clean the area thoroughly with a wood floor cleaner.

  3. 3

    Soak the area in vinegar and let it sit on the water stain for several minutes. If you still see the water spot, repeat the vinegar application.

  4. 4

    Put on a pair of gloves to protect your hands.

  5. 5

    Create a solution of 29.6ml. oxalic acid to 1 qt. of water if the water stain is still present. Apply this solution, and use a towel to rub it into the stain.

  6. 6

    Clean the area with a regular floor cleaner to remove the oxalic acid solution.

Tips and warnings

  • If cleaning the water stain doesn't work, you may need to sand the area with a fine sandpaper before re-waxing and polishing the spot on your oak flooring.
  • Wear gloves when working with oxalic acid.

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