Remove water stains on parquet

A leaky flower pot, an open window or a glass that has spilled unnoticed: water quickly gets onto the parquet and can form stubborn stains there. How can water stains be removed from parquet?

The small difference

When it comes to water stains on parquet there are two different things to distinguish:
1. Is the parquet lacquered or oiled??
2. Is the water stain white or dark?

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Light water stains are superficial stains that have not penetrated deep into the wood. These can therefore often be removed from the parquet, both on varnished and oiled parquet. Dark water stains, on the other hand, indicate that the moisture has penetrated deep into the interior of the wood and, especially with varnished parquet, you usually only have to sand it off.
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 will help with light water stains on parquet and laminate flooring

  • Toothpaste and baking soda
  • Cooking oil and salt
  • White toothpaste
  • Soft soap
  • Suede spray
  • Mineral spirits

In this article, we will explain how to proceed step by step to remove light water stains.

Instructions for removing dark water marks on parquet or laminate

  • fine ( 100) and somewhat coarser ( 150) sandpaper or steel wool
  • vacuum cleaner
  • Lacquer or oil (depending on whether the floor is lacquered or oiled)

1. Sanding down

Sand off the varnish with the somewhat coarser sandpaper. Switch to the fine sandpaper once you've reached the stain so as not to sand off too much wood.

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

2. Clean

Then suck up the fine dust thoroughly with a vacuum cleaner. It is important that there is no wood dust left, otherwise the new paint will not adhere properly.

3. a painting

Paint the worked area. When choosing the varnish, you should be guided by the current color of your parquet. Perhaps you should use a slightly tinted varnish instead of clear varnish, as the "old " parquet has darkened a little.

3. b oils

If your parquet is oiled, oil the treated area as well. You may want to choose an oil that is a little darker than what you normally use to match the shade of the sanded area with the shade of the rest of the parquet.

4th. Roughening

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

Then wait until the paint is completely dry. If the color is not quite right, you can also add a second coat of varnish.

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

5. Care for

Pamper your entire parquet by choosing Z.B. Apply a polish or other care product. At oiled parquet you can treat the entire parquet with oil instead.