Cleaning stains from untreated floors


While most wood floors seen in houses today are finished with some sort of polyurethane, sealing, etc., there’s a dilemma faced by those who have floors that are not finished at all.

Communities of wood workers, floor finishers, and general around-the-house handymen take a collective gasp at the thought of unfinished floors, but that doesn’t mean people don’t have them.

Whether you’re planning to finish them in the future, recently removed an old carpet and found them, or just like the way your unfinished wood planks look, knowing how to clean them properly can save you from repairing the damage later on.

Is My Floor Unfinished?

A first thing you should do before you even start trying to look into methods of cleaning is to make sure your floors are actually unfinished and not simply finished with a matte or dull coating. This can be done easily by dropping a few droplets of water on the boards and seeing what happens.

If they bead up on the...

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Mop the floor with warm water.

If the floor doesn't have stains or require heavy cleaning, running a damp mop over the floor will be sufficient to keep it clean. Cleanse the mop in fresh warm water after mopping one section of the room, and repeat until the entire floor is mopped.

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For everyday shine, simply run a clean damp dusting cloth over the...
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When you think of buying and installing a hardwood floor, most important is to think prior about up keeping it. Regular cleaning and maintenance of this beautiful hardwood floor is important in order to keep your investment safe. Though other floors tend to get dirtier and in comparison to them, cleaning a hardwood floor would be much easier for you. It is just that if you follow right practices for cleaning, you will probably be enjoying the perfect finish and beauty of your hardwood floor for a longer time.

Regular Cleaning:

For everyday cleaning of hardwood floor, you must have a good microfiber mop or cloth for dusting on daily basis. You should do it regularly in order to avoid accumulation of dust. The microfiber cloth would work well for cleaning without scratching or damaging flooring. You can find microfiber pads that are designed for household cleaning. These pads can easily trap all the dust, dirt and allergens from floor. Remember that you should...

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Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hardwood Floors: Part 1

At Speedy Floor Removal, we have already stated our opinions on solid hardwood floors, but we will say them again: hardwood floors bring timeless, traditional, and natural beauty to your home. Hardwood floors add to the aesthetic appeal as well as the monetary value of a house, and though it is a very long-established flooring option, hardwood flooring is still as fashionable as ever.

With all of hardwood’s great qualities, it is easy to fall in love with this flooring option, but in order to make your adoring relationship with your hardwood floors last, some upkeep is required. As a natural product chemically altered to fit into your home, solid hardwood has very specific cleaning and maintenance needs that will retain all of the original luster and luxury of your flooring if followed properly, but which will cause all of that wonder to slowly slip away if not followed.

Therefore, understanding each...

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Have you ever wondered How to clean hardwood floors in your home properly? When choosing flooring for your home or apartment, price is good to keep in mind, but do you think about other factors? Do you want your flooring to be attractive? Easy to clean? Maybe both?

Hardwood floors look stylish and compliment a variety of interior design themes, but they can be quite a hassle to clean. Perfectly polished sparkling clean wood floors are a delight to the eye, but if not cleaned properly, your beautiful floors can turn into an eyesore.

Cleaning the hardwood floors is not an impossible task. All it takes is a bit of effort and some effective tips and tricks.

While cleaning a hardwood floor may take more thought it is well worth the effort.

Sweep The Wooden Floor Clean

The first task is to sweep the floors clean. Take care to wipe away all the dirt, dust, pet hair, sand, grit and anything else that may come inside on everyone’s shoes....

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Removing stains from untreated wood can be very difficult. Thankfully, oak is a hard wood, so the stain is not likely to be as deep in the wood as it would be on pine. Here are some suggestions for removing the water stain:
You may have success with a solution of mild detergent. Mix a few drops of mild detergent in water, agitate the water to create suds, moisten a cloth with the solution and wipe the stain. Then, blot the area dry with a towel. If possible, used distilled water to avoid any mineral deposits. Also, you may want to dust the area with a dry cloth first to prevent any dust from being deposited into the wood by the cleaning solution.
You could also try erasing the stain with an art gum eraser, but be careful not to over-clean the wood.
You can also try using either mineral spirits or trisodium phosphate. Both of these are sometimes used to clean unfinished wood, however, you may want to test them on a hidden area first to look for any...

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Cleaning Tips

Soap and water, polish, wax or what? Take the guesswork out of how to clean hardwood floors and go from dull and grimy to gleaming and gorgeous in a few easy steps.

First Things First—Determine the Finish

Before you grab a bucket of water and a mop, it's best to find out how your hardwood floor is sealed—if at all. Why? The finish, not the wood type, determines how you clean and care for the floor.

Surface-sealed floors: Most new wood floors are sealed with urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic. Surface-sealed floors are stain and water-damage resistant and easiest to care for and clean: Sweep, mop and you're done!

Penetrating-seal-treated and oil-treated floors: Also common, a penetrating seal or oil finish soaks into the wood grain and hardens. This type of floor must be pampered and protected with liquid or paste wax.

Lacquered, varnished, shellacked and untreated floors: Although technically surface finishes, lacquers,...

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It’s amazing how styles come and go, even when it comes to something as utilitarian as flooring.

Take a look at real estate listings of older homes and you’ll see them trumpeting the fact they have hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors have been a popular item for home owners for years. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had hardwood floors for years or if you’re new to hardwood floors, one fact remains: it’s important to know how to keep them clean.

Natural hardwood flooring is real wood, and just like constant rain can ruin an untreated deck, water can damage a hardwood floor if the floor has been incorrectly finished.

Thankfully, most wood floor surfaces today are finished with a stain and a surface finish that protects floors from wear and tear, and helps provide a more durable surface, but it is still important to clean this finish in a way that won't damage this surface.

When purchasing your hardwood flooring, make sure you ask the salesperson how...

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There are all kinds of different types of floor stains, the problem with this is that they are all different. You would not clean hardwood floor stains the same way that you would clean concrete stains. Removing urine stains on hardwood floors is not the same as removing urine stains on carpets. As such, you are going to need all the help and advice that you can find. All the answers to your questions are located here.

Tips, Tricks, and Answers

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Cleaning Spilled Milk
Growing up we were always told to never cry over spilled milk. But what about the stains left behind? Crying over those won't get them clean either, but here is what you can do.

How to Remove Carpet Stains
Have you ever noticed how often carpets seem to get stained? Frankly it seems that if you have carpets, then you have stains somewhere....

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There’s a great new novel out called “Care of Wooden Floors” written by British journalist Will Wiles. In the book, the main character agrees to house sit for an old college chum. He arrives at his friend’s chic, immaculate apartment (not dissimilar from the home pictured above) with miles of expensive but delicate French wooden floors. His friend, an extreme neat freak, also happens to be very particular about the care and upkeep of his floors. Well, as you might guess, a little accident happens, in the very wet form of red wine. The balance of the novel is a comic-tragic telling of how the poor house sitter attempts to clean up the mess, and what ensues afterward.

The book is a lot of fun, but it got us to thinking… how do you care for wooden floors?

The answer to that question depends on whether your wooden floors are treated or untreated. Treated wood floors are relatively easy to care for, as they don’t stain or wear as quickly as untreated floors might....

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Your hardwood floor looks beautiful. It’s natural. It’s warm. And it makes your whole home feel inviting. But the stains keep piling up. Every bit of moisture dropped on the floor sinks into the untreated wood and leaves a mark.

To restore your floors to their former glory, reach for the mineral spirits and go to work.


Before you apply anything to your floor, you want to make sure you’ve gotten as much of the dust and dirt away from it as possible.

Sweeping with a broom or static dust mop is the best way to get all those little dust bunnies away from your precious wood.

Vacuums also work, if you’re certain you’ve got a dedicated hardwood floor setting. Without one, your vacuum could scratch your floor even before you’ve started cleaning it. Once the floor is nice and dust-free, it’s time to gather your cleaning supplies. You’ll need:

Soft scrubbing pads or cloths (that you don’t mind getting really dirty) Clean, white cloths for...
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Cleaning slate isn’t too difficult. It’s vital, however,to know what kind of dirt or contaminant you are trying to remove before you can make a decision as to which cleaning product is best suitable.

Slate comes in many different colours and finishes. Some of these are smooth whereas others have a textured surface. Undoubtedly, slate is a very popular material for flooring right now.

Slate generally has good resistance to mild acids so this gives you a much wider choice of cleaning materials than you would have with more acid-sensitive stones like limestone or marble.

So, how do we go about cleaning our slate floor?

First, you need to check whether the contaminant is mineral based? e.g. grout staining, cement, rust or general dirt. If it is, you would be advised to use a mild acid cleaner such as one based on phosphoric acid. Beware though as any acid cleaner may etch the grout also.

In most other situations where you have, for example, general...

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Carpet Cleaning

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Tile And Grout

Would you like to see the same results with your tile & grout as you get with your carpet? Just like vacuuming your carpet is not enough to get it completely clean, mopping is not enough to get your tile & grout completely clean. Our tile & grout cleaning will restore your floor to it’s original, like new state. With our IICRC Master Certified technicians providing the service, you’ll be amazed at the results!

Learn More About Our Oklahoma City Tile and Grout...
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Carpet Cleaning | Stain Tips| Repair | Pet Odor | Urine Removal | Carpet Protector

Well, accidents happen. Pet urine is one of the most pervasive odors most homeowners encounter. The Steam Team uses both nature and technology to rid your home of these offensive smells. Don't get rid of your pet! Get rid of the smell!

Pet Odor

Pet odor is a very common problem. At The Steam Team we can help you deal with your pet challenges. From minor problems to major headaches The Steam Team can help find that solution that works best for you.

In many cases our normal cleaning process is all that is needed to correct minor pet problems. The powerful rinsing action of our cleaning system can effectively remove urine from carpet fiber.

The problem with pet odor is that it can be much deeper than it first appears at first. Pet urine can easily soak through the backing of the carpet into the padding underneath. In more severe cases the urine can penetrate into the...

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Follow our easy steps on how to clean hardwood floors. Transform your floors from dull and grimy to gleaming, gorgeous and clean!

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Surface-sealed floors: Most new wood floors are sealed with urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic. Surface-sealed floors are stain and water-damage resistant and easiest to care for and clean: Sweep, mop and you're done! Penetrating-seal-treated and oil-treated floors: Also common, a penetrating seal or oil finish soaks into the wood grain and hardens. This type of floor must be pampered and protected with liquid or paste wax. Lacquered, varnished, shellacked and untreated floors: Although technically surface finishes, lacquers, varnishes and shellacs are not as resistant to moisture, spills and wear as the other sealants mentioned. Treat floors with these finishes and floors with no finish as you would penetrating-seal-treated and oil-treated floors....
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For the thinner and more absorbent type of tile that is also called "pavers", see our page on tiles.

Concrete pavers are made with higher compression and longer vibration than a regular concrete block. Clay pavers are fired at higher temperatures than a regular brick. The end result for both types is a much stronger and more durable unit of lower end absorption.

There is no need for confusion or problems brought about by misidentification of a surface type, yet it happens all too often. If you would like to see why this is the case and how to properly identify a surfacing material .....

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