How to Remove Stains from Any Floor

Kitchen with area rug with a spilled wine glass on it

Stains are a part of life, especially when it comes to floors, and all types of floors are at risk of staining. With regular foot traffic, food and beverage spills, pet messes, kids’ activities, and just regular wear and tear, flooring can take a beating. But there’s no reason to get upset over stains as long as you know how to combat against them. Improvements has some great ideas on how to remove stains from any floor.

Remove Stains With Ease

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Even the most careful and meticulous of people will experience a stain every once in a while. Spills happen! But when they do, these tips will help you easily clean them up before the stain sets in. Or, at the very least, we’ll help you pick out an area rug to cover it up!

Stain Removal from Hardwood Floors Doesn’t Have to be Hard

The type of stain will determine your method of attack. If the stain has soaked through the finish and penetrated the wood, it may require sanding, buffing and a new coat of finish or wax. But before resorting to that much work, try some of these methods instead.

For water stains, use an iron. Cover the stain with a dry cloth, then rub the cloth with a hot iron for a few seconds. Do not use the steam setting. If some of the stains are still visible, dampen the cloth with denatured alcohol and rub it until the stain disappears completely.

For other stains on your hardwood flooring, hydrogen peroxide may help. Place a hydrogen peroxide-soaked rag on the stain, allowing it to seep into the wood. Remove the rag and wipe up the area. Once dry, the stain should be gone.

Stain remover and hardwood floor cleaners and repair kits are also good to have on hand for quick fixes.

And if those pesky stains just won’t go away, always remember that hardwood flooring looks great with a fashionable area rug!

Remove Stains from Concrete Flooring

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Concrete seems impervious to stains, but, in fact, it’s not. It is porous and will soak up stains if given the time too. Therefore, act fast. Soak up any spills with paper towels and mop with household cleaner and water. If the stain is still there, use a nylon brush to scrub it away. For large spills, use kitty litter to soak it up. Pour it on so that it’s fully covering the stain. Allow it to sit for 24 hours. Vacuum or scoop it up, then mop the floor as normal.

For more persistent stains, store-bought concrete stain removers or bleach are great cleaning agents. Be sure to dilute the bleach and test on a hidden spot to ensure it doesn’t discolor the concrete.

If you want a more natural recipe for stain removal, mix flour with hydrogen peroxide until it forms a paste. Spread the paste on the stain and let it sit overnight. Scrape the dried paste off in the morning. The stain should come with it.

Remove Stains from Tile Flooring

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While tile itself is susceptible to stains, it is often the grout that makes removing stains more difficult. If you get a stain or spot on your tile floor, start with a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. The stain should lift out, but if not, there are some other home remedies to try.

Diluted bleach and hydrogen peroxide work on tile just as it does for concrete. Always spot test in an out-of-the-way area just in case. If the tile looks hazy and not as vibrant after you remove the stain, use lemon juice to refresh it. Rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a cloth. The tile will look as good as new!

Now that the tile is clean, make sure the grout is too. Grout is very absorbent so clean thoroughly. Make a paste with baking soda and water and rub into the grout stain. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight, then scrub it off with a nylon brush.

Remove Stains from Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is especially popular in kitchens and bathrooms because of its low maintenance, stain resistance, water resistance, affordability and ease of installation. While it is relatively resistant to stains, it still gets them and is also susceptible to discoloration and scuff marks. To clean the stains, clean with dishwashing liquid and water, then dry. If that doesn’t do the trick, mix one tablespoon of ammonia into a quart of warm water. Pour a small amount onto the stain and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Scrub with a brush if need be. Rinse and dry.

To remove scuff marks, pour some mineral spirits on a cloth and blot the scuff or soak a cloth is lighter fluid and rub the scuff mark. The scuff will lift off easily. Rinse with water and dry.

Vinyl can discolor or yellow over time or if exposed to direct sunlight. Unfortunately, this is permanent so the only way to fight against it is to prevent it. Use bath mats and kitchen rugs as floor protection.

Remove Stains from Carpeting

Carpets are a challenge when it comes to removing stains, but it can be done. With carpeting, the type of stain plays a big role in how to combat it. Most stains can be remedied by using a vinegar solution. Mix two tablespoons of salt and two tablespoons of borax into a half-cup of white vinegar and pour over the stain. Let it dry completely, then vacuum up the mixture. Most stains will be gone.

For a red wine spill, oddly enough, pour a bit of white wine on top of it. The white wine will neutralize the red wine. Then dump salt on it to soak up all of the wine. Once its dry, clean up the salt then sprinkle the remaining stain with club soda and blot dry. Repeat the process if necessary.

Don’t fret over ink stains. All they need is a bit of milk and cornstarch. Mix cornstarch and milk into a paste, then apply to the stain. Let it dry for a few hours, then vacuum it up, and hopefully, no more ink.

With carpeting, the quicker you can work to remove the stain, the better off you and the carpet will be, so it’s imperative to work fast.

Now You’re Ready for Stain-Free Floors

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Of course, it’s actually easier to prevent against stains rather than treat them. Utilize floor protection whenever and wherever possible. Door mats, kitchen floor mats, rubber mats, stair treads and areas rugs look great and can keep stains away. If you’re a frequent spiller, rugs and other floor protection could be your saving grace. Do you have any other ideas on how to remove stains that we missed here? Please tell us.

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