Removing stains from your hardwood floor isn’t easy but you’ll be glad you did when you see the results you can acquire. There are some things that you’ll need to use in order to get the best results for ridding your hardwood floor of dark stains.


Get yourself the following…

  • Bowl or small bucket
  • Clean rag
  • Find grade 000 steel wool
  • Household bleach
  • Mineral spirits
  • Oxalic acid
  • Stain and re-staining supplies
  • Finish and re-finishing supplies
  • Vinegar
  • Water


Now, you’re going to have to use these steps correctly in order to get rid of the stains that are stuck in your floor.

  • Ensure that the area you’re going to be working in is well-ventilated (open your windows and put on the fan). Also make sure to read and follow all safety directions on the items you’re going to use.
  • Now, use steel wool and mineral spirits to rub the stained area.
  • Wet the rag with vinegar and position it over the stain, then let it sit there for a while.
  • If you see that the stain has been lightened by this, then repeat as needed.
  • Now, mix a half-way solution of bleach and water and then put it on the stain. Try to only apply the solution on the area that is stained.
  • Add oxalic acid to the stain (and avoid other areas of the floor) if you don’t see that the stain has lightened from the prior treatments.
  • If you see that the spot you treated is now stain-free, you can now use acid to neutralize the area.
  • When the area is dry, sand the area, stain it and then refinish it so that it blends in to the floor like no stain ever existed.


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