How to use wd-40 on wood floors

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How to use wd-40 on wood floors
WD-40 can help maintain your hardwood floor. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

WD-40 has been known as a lubricating and penetrating product for decades, and while it may seem simple to use, it began as rocket science. Originally designed by the Rocket Chemical Company in 1953 as a degreaser and solvent for the aerospace industry, five years later it was introduced to the public. Sold from car trunks by the company's seven employees, the use of WD-40 quickly became widespread; the company changed its name to match its only product, and today boasts of over 2,000 uses for a penetrating oil that became a household name. Among its 2,000 uses are several that will remove stains from your hardwood floor.

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Things you need

  • Lint-free cloth
  • Hardwood floor cleaner

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  1. 1

    Sweep the stained area to remove all dirt and debris.

  2. 2

    Spray a small amount of WD-40 onto a lint-free cloth; two to four seconds of spray will be an ample amount to treat most stains such as crayon, adhesives, ink and permanent marker, nail polish and black scuff marks.

  3. 3

    Rub the stain vigorously with the dampened cloth, using a circular motion and turning the cloth to a clean area as the stain is removed.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process if portions of the stain are still visible.

  5. 5

    Clean the treated area with a hardwood floor cleaner that has been recommended by the manufacturer.

Tips and warnings

  • Always use adequate ventilation, hand and eye protection when using WD-40. Always clean up WD-40 residue immediately after use to avoid the risk of slipping.
  • WD-40 is flammable and should not be used near open flames such as a fireplace or pilot light.

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