A spilled glass or a fallen bucket – water can quickly get onto the parquet floor due to small carelessness and cause unsightly water stains. To learn how best to remove them, see this article.
How do water stains appear on the parquet floor?
Prolonged water exposure does not be good for the parquet.
Because the soil from the natural raw material wood reacts to moisture. In order to avoid damage in the parquet, water laughter should therefore be avoided in general.
If a mishap nevertheless occurred, the faster the water is wiped up, the better.
If it is removed in a timely manner, no undesirable consequences can be feared due to the wetness.
However, if water stays on the parquet for a long time, it can penetrate into the joints and lead to an increased swelling behavior of the soil. Water stains also only occur when the moisture can enter the parquet.
Water stains on the parquet floor – what now?
Water stains on the parquet are annoying because they affect the appearance of the floor.
The good news, however, is that damage caused by water stains in the parquet can be repaired relatively well. Depending on whether it is a light or a dark water stain or oiled or painted parquet, there are different approaches.
Remove bright water stains
Bright water spots are only superficial – the water has not penetrated into the interior of the parquet.
Bright water stains can be easily removed from both painted and oiled parquet floors.
This does not require aggressive cleaners, simple home remedies are sufficient in most cases:
Simply apply water-dissolved baking soda or salt, white toothpaste, lubricating soap or paint gasoline to the bright water stain in the parquet and remove with a soft cloth.
Subsequently, the cleaned area can still be re-treated or sealed with oil.
Remove dark water stains
Dark water stains indicate that the water has entered the parquet and reacted with the tannic acid contained in the wood (for oak parquet and acacia). Therefore, the removal of dark water stains in the parquet is also different than with light spots. The actual effort depends on whether the parquet has been oiled or painted.
In the case of oiled parquet, it is possible to treat the water stain with special tannic acid stain sprays even without pre-treatment and to remove light water edges with it.
The more complex, but also more reliable method is to grind and re-oil the affected area.
The oil layer must first be removed – this works best with coarse sanding paper.
Once the water stain has been reached, fine sanding paper should be used so as not to grind too much of the surface. With uniform grinding movements, the water stain can be machined until it is no longer visible. The resulting fine dust is then removed with a vacuum cleaner and a new layer of oil is applied. Visible transitions/gloss differences between old and new oil layers can sometimes be matched with steel wool. Often the color differences are done by themselves after a few years, through the regular use of parquet care. Finally, the entire parquet should be treated with suitable care products.
Basically, this method is also possible to remove water stains from painted parquet. However, the partial grinding always leads to color differences in the parquet,as the floor darkens over time. Therefore, in such cases, the entire parquet floor must actually be sanded. This is the only way to avoid differences in colour and gloss.
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