The wooden floors they are par excellence the most acceptable, warm and seductive to the touch that any home can have.
In addition to being very durable, they are hypoallergenic floors.
Both parquet (slightly more sensitive) and laminate floors (much more resistant) are perfect insulators for the cold, although they may lack a little specialness for their maintenance and cleaning, in recent years it has been simplified and made their care, somewhat simpler than it was.
No more using sanders or canvas slippers, your maintenance routine can be very simple if we take proper care of beautiful floors like the first day.
If you have children or pets, we know maintenance can be complicated, but don’t panic, we’ll see some next time Homemade tricks to remove the most common stains that can appear on laminate floors or parquet.
Black stains from moisture on the floors and parquet
In general, these types of black moisture stains must be avoided at all costs, because they are the hardest to remove and make it perfect, they will give us work, but even so, we will tell you how you can fight them.
We will need soft sandpaper, and we will use it to rub the surface and remove the layer of varnish. We have to be especially careful with the grain of the wood, so we will always grind in the direction of the grain.
Once the stain disappears, we give it a varnish. The varnish must be the same. That is, we cannot apply varnish with paint if the original varnish is colorless, because it will be noticeable. Nevertheless, when applying a new varnish, even if it is the same, it will always be noticeable, because it will be brighter, newer; the passage of time will level the ground.
White water stains on floors and parquet
For these types of stains, there is a home remedy that consists of creating a fairly thick paste by mixing baking soda and mayonnaise. Spread this over the stain and let it act for about 5 minutes. Finally, clean the paste with a soft cloth.
Stains of colored waxes, nail polishes, shoe polishes, lipsticks or cigarettes on the floor and parquet
Do not be afraid. These are very common stains and cleaning is really easy and fast. Moisten a soft, dry cloth with rubbing alcohol or acetone. Rub the stain until it is completely removed. In general, even if we clean the stain quickly, it usually comes out without any problems.
Greasy stains on the floor or parquet
To remove grease stains, a very effective trick is to sprinkle the affected area with talc or hot ash (no traces of charcoal). This will naturally soak up the dirt. We wait 24 hours for it to take effect and remove it with a cloth. If we want to restore the shine in the area, we can rub with mineral benzene or wood floor varnish.
It must be said that removing oil or grease can become impossible, because if grease or oil penetrates the varnish and if it is harder to transfer to old floors due to the type of varnish and its decay, the oil will absorb the wood and we will probably not be able to remove the stain.
In this case, the only solution is to pierce the parquet to remove the stain and repaint. To perform this procedure, it is strongly recommended that it be performed by an expert.
Dark stains from shoes or furniture on planks or parquet
For these very common stains the trick is very simple. Apply it to the affected area with a white eraser with a pencil, wiping the stain.
Another home trick is to wipe the affected area with a damp cloth by spraying white vinegar. Leave it on for 2 to 4 minutes, after that time we will dry it with a soft and dry cloth. Although with this trick you have to be very careful because vinegar can fry or react and create a bigger stain. We have to use very little vingara, with a cloth, just moistened.
Stains from chocolate, juices, liqueurs and wine on the floor or parquet
These so common stains have a simple and quick solution, so we heat a little water and add a few drops of detergent or wood floor cleaner. We rub this lotion with a soft cloth, like the one made of micro fibers.
Hot wax stains on the floor or parquet
There is a super simple remedy for candle stains. We rub the wax with an ice cube and with a plastic spatula (not a metal one) so as not to scratch the surface, we carefully scratch it until we remove it.
If all the wax does not leak, pass the ice again and repeat the procedure.
Pot stains on the floor or parquet
If we want to remove stains left by dishes or any decorative element on the parquet, we just need to wipe the affected area with a warm cloth moistened with white vinegar.
Worn stains on the floor or parquet
If the parquet or floors have worn areas or small damage, we can treat that area by rubbing with half a raw onion. This will eliminate worms without the need to lift the entire floor.
However, we know that its maintenance can be more complex than other floors, so our advice is to use it special products for parquet or floorYou can find these specific products in home improvement and decoration department stores or in personalized stores to make cleaning and maintenance easier if possible.
And how there is no better solution than good prevention, let’s see ten tips for protecting and maintaining laminate wood floors, very simple and effective that will make our lives easier.
10 tips for protecting parquet and laminate floors
1. Place mats at the entrance, this will trap possible elements on the outside that could scratch or soil the floor, such as grain and dust.
2. Use felt on the legs of chairs, tables or furniture. You can make them yourself, or otherwise, there are very cheap protectors and the result is optimal.
3. Clean or vacuum the floor regularly. Regular cleaning is the best maintenance for this type of floor.
4. Never use nickel pads or any other type of abrasive, as this will ruin the floor. With special care, it is desirable to use a soft cloth.
5. Rub the floor with a well-wrung cloth and using a small amount of special wood detergent. Instead of detergent, you can use vinegar drops. It will be disinfected and shiny.
6. Do not pour water directly on the pavement. Nothing worse than moisture for this type of floor.
7. Special care with duct tape. Always avoid using it. In case you use it to paint the walls, because you have to protect the floorboards and floors, this tape should not stay glued for more than two hours, because the solvents glued to the glue spoil the varnish on the wood and can remove them.
8. Do not walk on the ground with wet shoes or high heels. As much protection as varnish can provide, these factors can corrode wood and shorten its life.
9. Maintain a stable temperature, without sudden changes. Temperature changes are clear enemies of our floor. Wood is a material that absorbs and releases moisture into the environment, so we need moderate stability as much as possible.
10. Use curtains to avoid direct light. It is not desirable for the sun to hit the floor completely, because it will take away the color over time. Like any piece of furniture. It is better to prevent blinds or curtains, especially in daylight.