Removing Stains from Wood – Furniture and Floors

Wood is a beautiful natural material that can really give an amazing look to any property. It is a very durable material, but even with the very best maintenance accidents will always happen! Depending on how confident you are with removing the stains, and the cost of your surface, you may want to leave it to the professionals, but we have produced this guide for those that are happy tackling the problem on their own.

Removing Stains from Wood

One of the worst things for stains in Wood is liquid – wood just simply doesn’t like getting wet. Whether it’s a drink that has spilled, or damp objects, you will quickly begin to see evidence in the form of rings or blotches in the wood. Here we look at three handy tools to use to get rid of the stains:

Clothes Iron / Hair Dryer – If you are sure when the stain has occurred, and it was recent (i.e the last few days), then it’s a good idea to try and draw the moisture out of the stain.

The Method

To do this you firstly need to get rid of any water from the iron, and then set at the lowest heat setting. Then lay out a reasonably thick t-shirt or cloth over the stain and iron over the cloth for a couple of seconds at a time. Check before ironing again, and until the stain has disappeared.

If you would prefer not to use a clothes iron for whatever reason, then a good quality hair dryer can also be used.

Mayonnaise – Although not the healthiest of foods, Mayonnaise can be a great for removing stains from wood. The way this method works is by displacing the moisture with the oil that is present within the mayonnaise. As it is absorbed into the wood, it can cause the stain to become lighter or sometimes completely disappear.

The Method

Put a small bit of mayonnaise onto a clean cloth. Firstly do a test on an area that is completely out of sight, and rub the mayonnaise into the wood. Leave overnight, and in the morning simply wipe away the stain and residue. For more stubborn stains, you may need to repeat the above process for the following day.

Toothpaste – Another well known stain remover, Toothpaste can provide to be a godsend for removing stains in wood too.

The Method

Firstly dab a bit of toothpaste onto a fresh clean cloth. Ensuring that you go with the grain of the wood, rub the toothpaste into the stain/wood. Leave for approximately a couple of minutes, and then wipe away the residue. For stubborn stains, you may need to repeat the process a few times, being careful to ensure that you dont scrub too hard.

Here we have listed three simple techniques to get rid of wood stains. However if you don’t feel confident, then it is probably best left to the professionals. If you want to get your property cleaned in Manchester, please contact the team at Johnson House Cleaners today!

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