The Complete Guide to Restoring your Wood Flooring

We’re thinking about decorating the hall, stairs and landing, and may well stretch to new carpeting this time. In the hallway, we have a real wood floor though which really needs a little care and attention. I wonder if it’s worth it?

This guest blog was written by John Rooney in partnership with Floor Sander Hire, suppliers of professional floor sanding equipment for as little as one day.

the complete guide to restoring your wood flooring

A solid wood floor is the pride of many home, however to continue to get the best out of it, you need to know how to maintain it.

Solid wood floors are exceptionally durable, but if they do become damaged it can be difficult to repair them if you don’t know what you’re doing. This guide takes a look at some of the most common problems that can arise with your wooden flooring and takes you through step-by-step how to tackle them.


If you notice a blemish on your wooden floor then there are three steps that you should follow:

Firstly, sand the damaged area, though never cut into the wood itself. You can hire a professional floor sander from the guys over at Floor Sander Hire. Check them out at

Once you have completed the sanding of the area you’ll need to clean it so that all of the dust is wiped away. It’s best to use cleaners that have been formulated for polyurethane as these will evaporate quickly to avoid the floor being affected by moisture.

After ensuring all of the dust and debris from the sanding stage has been removed, it is time to reapply the finished coat.

Brush on the polyurethane finish (you’ll need to make sure that it is the same as what was used previously) using a foam paint pad before using a dry push to thin out the edges – working out from the centre.

Note that if the floor had been stained then you will need to restain it before applying the polyurethane finish.

Beautiful wooden floor

Dark Spots

There are all kinds of dark spots that can be caused to show up on your hardwood floor, from minor ink and water marks to pet stains, however a fine steel wool brush should be enough to remove them. However, it is important to avoid attacking the stains too aggressively to avoid scratching the surface.

Oil or Grease

It sounds as though getting oil or grease on your wood flooring may very well be the worst thing you could possibly do, however the solution is actually relatively straightforward.

Simply wipe the affected area with a cloth dampened (not soaked) with a commercial cleaner for polyurethane to remove the stain.


If you’ve burnt the wood then you will first need to scrape away any charring with a blunt knife being sure to avoid scratching the surface. You’ll then need to restain the floor in the same way as you would do for blemishes (above).

Red Wine Stains

Red wine, the nemesis of all domestic surfaces, is just as much of a threat to your wood flooring. However, it is important not to panic but act quickly to avoid long-lasting damage.

Firstly, wipe up any of the wine that has not fully dried using a wet absorbent towel or cloth – but be sure to dab rather than rub.

Then, apply strong, undiluted bleach to the area and let it soak for 45 minutes before wiping it up. It is worth noting that the bleach may take off the existing surface coat, and therefore it is advisable to test it on an area of the floor you can’t see beforehand.

Finally, use a mixture of oil soap and water and apply it to the floor with a soft cloth and scrub into the wood, hopefully removing the stain!

Images: BHG || Remodelista

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

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1 Comment

  1. Rick
    January 17, 2016 / 12:02 am

    Thanks for the great article. We just moved into our new house and the wood floors are very old. I will be using some of these techniques for sure.

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