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How to use wd-40 on wood floors

Updated February 21, 2017

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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  1. Sweep the stained area to remove all dirt and debris.

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

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

  6. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

  • Lint-free cloth
  • Hardwood floor cleaner

About the Author

Robin Hewitt

Robin Hewitt began her writing career in 2008. She is the coauthor of several books, including "The Joyous Gift of Grandparenting," which covers the nutritional and fitness needs of both grandchildren and grandparents.

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