Remove water stains on parquet

A leaking flowerpot, an open window or an unnoticed spilled glass: Water quickly gets onto the parquet and can form stubborn stains there. How can water stains be removed on parquet?

The small difference

There are two things to distinguish between water marks on parquet:
1. Is the parquet varnished or oiled parquet?
2. Is the water spot white or dark?

Bright water marks are superficial patches that have not penetrated deep into the wood. These can therefore often be removed from the parquet, both on painted and on oiled parquet. On the other hand, dark spots of water indicate that the moisture has penetrated deeply into the interior of the wood and, especially with varnished parquet, you usually only have to sand it down.
With oiled parquet, on the other hand, you can try one of the following cleaning methods, or you can oil your entire parquet with a slightly darker oil and make the stain disappear.

These home remedies help with light water stains on parquet and laminate
  • Toothpaste and baking soda
  • Cooking oil and salt
  • White toothpaste
  • soft soap
  • Suede Spray
  • white spirit

How to proceed in removing light water stains step by step, we explain in this post.

Instructions for removing dark spots of water on parquet or laminate

  • Fine (# 100) and slightly coarser (# 150) sandpaper or steel wool
  • vacuum cleaner
  • Paint or oil (depending on whether the floor is painted or oiled)

1. Sanding

Sand the paint with the coarser sandpaper. Change to the fine sandpaper as soon as you reach the stain so as not to sand off too much wood.

Grind evenly and in the grain direction until the stain has completely disappeared.

2. Clean

Then vacuum the fine dust with a vacuum cleaner. It is important that no wood dust remains, otherwise the new paint will not adhere properly.

3. a painting

Paint the processed area. When selecting the varnish, you should orientate yourself to the current color of your parquet. Maybe you should use a lightly toned lacquer instead of clear lacquer, because the "old" parquet is slightly darkened.

3. b oils

If your parquet is oiled, now oil the treated area. You may want to choose an oil that is a little darker than what you normally use to match the color of the sanding area to the color of the rest of the parquet.

4. Roughing

This step is not necessary if you have varnished your parquet.

Then wait for the paint to dry completely. If the color is not quite right, you can also help with a second coat of paint.

If you are satisfied with the result, treat the transitions from the new to the old paint with a little steel wool, so that they are no longer visible.

5. Maintain

Indulge your entire parquet by apply a polish or other care product. With oiled parquet, you can instead treat the entire parquet with oil.

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