How To Remove Dark Spots From Hardwood Floors

How To Remove Dark Spots From Hardwood Floors @themerrythoughtOkay, so I know this isn’t a typical post that you see from us but sometimes there are tricks in life that are too good not to share – plus I thought this would be a good time to fill you all in on the new project I’ve been working on! At the end of May, my cousin bought a house! Anddd she’s going to be my new landlord! Ha! So we’ve all been over there working on it as much as possible for the past couple months. Tearing down walls, painting new walls, sanding floors for hours… which brings me to this post. After ripping out the most horrific, stained pink carpeting you’ve ever seen, pulling up staples, using heat guns to scrape off ancient paint finish, then sanding the floor multiple times, we were left with a floor that had quite a few black stains throughout it. Some were from staples that had rusted into little black circles, some were from other unknown things.  I was working in the house last week with my uncle and he said he had read that hydrogen peroxide helps with stains on hardwood floors. He gave it a shot on a couple sections and I was honestly so amazed at how well it worked that I came over the next day to take photos of the other sections to give a before and after… which is hereee:
How To Remove Dark Spots From Hardwood Floors @themerrythoughtBEFORE

What you need:
-Hydrogen Peroxide
-Clean Cloth

How to do it:
Soak cloth in some hydrogen peroxide and dab onto all of the dark spots. Let dry overnight and be amazed! Repeat as needed.
For larger, darker stains, you can leave a hydrogen peroxide soaked towel over the area for a few hours and then remove and let dry.
How To Remove Dark Spots From Hardwood Floors @themerrythoughtAFTER!

You guys! This was just one time of using hydrogen peroxide and it made an enormous difference – and took basically no effort at all. We went over everything a second time  (I didn’t get any pictures of that though!) and a bunch of the spots were nearly impossible to find afterwards. Then we did a quick sanding of the entire floor and we’ve been putting finish on the floor over the last few days.

Can’t wait to start sharing more of the projects we have planned!!!

xo. Caitlin

How To Remove Dark Spots From Hardwood Floors @themerrythought
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  • Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 4:43 pm

    Ivory - Thank you, thank you, and thank you, because I have a few dark spots in my laundry room floor. This is good to know something I already have in my cabinet and cheap, can help me get rid of those dark spots in my floor.ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 11:16 pm

    Rachel - Amazing! I’d like to try this on some stains on my floors, but I’m imagine it only works when the finish has already been removed?

    Another tip for removing dark stains on wood is Bar Keeper’s Friend. The oxalic acid in it can neutralize the compounds that cause the stain. I used it on a dark stain on a table, and it really works!ReplyCancel

    • Friday, August 5, 2016 - 11:05 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - From what I’ve read, people do use this technique sometimes on finished floors depending on how new the stains are. For older, deep stains, you would need to strip or sand down the floor first.ReplyCancel

  • Friday, August 5, 2016 - 9:41 am

    Jo - Let us know if they come back after you stain and/or varnish. I’m curious. This is awesome tho! Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Friday, August 5, 2016 - 11:12 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - Thanks! None of the spots have seemed to darken at all since we put the finish on!ReplyCancel

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