Wood floor tips

The Riverine Herald - Local Real Estate - - LOCALREALESTATE.COM.AU -

Wood floors are a nice ad­di­tion to any home, but of­ten spots and scratches, heel marks and other stub­born spots can ap­pear. Many of th­ese spots can be re­moved by rub­bing gen­tly with fine steel wool and the sol­vent-based wax used on the floor. Dark spots on wood floors are of­ten caused by ex­po­sure to al­ka­line sub­stances, which were al­lowed to dry on the floor. To get rid of th­ese spots, re­move sol­vent based wax with min­eral spir­its. This is a flammable sol­vent so be care­ful, have ad­e­quate ven­ti­la­tion and be sure there is no spark or flame in the area. Ap­ply white vine­gar to spots and leave it there for three of four min­utes; and wipe dry with a clean cloth. Re­peat this pro­ce­dure, if nec­es­sary. If sev­eral ap­pli­ca­tions of vine­gar do not re­move the spot, you might try a four per cent ox­alic acid so­lu­tion. Scratches and small worn ar­eas on wood floors can of­ten be con­cealed by ap­ply­ing a small amount of wax with very fine steel wool to the floor. Ap­ply the wax in the di­rec­tion of the wood grain wher­ever pos­si­ble and rub it in gen­tly un­til the colour blends with the floor. Wipe off any ex­cess, then pol­ish the area with a clean, dry cloth. Wax, by it­self will work well for light to medium-coloured floors.

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