How to Remove Black Water Stains from Hardwood Floors

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( — September 13, 2019) — Hardwood flooring is a great choice of flooring for any home. It has a different attribute and elegance that could be added to your home. But you need to maintain this flooring in order to keep it beautiful and stain-free. It can be quite difficult to remove the stain of the water from the hardwood floors. Water or moisture damages can cause black water stains all over your hardwood flooring. Worry not as we will guide you on how to remove black water stains from hardwood floors. 

How to Remove Black Water Stains from Hardwood Floors 

The black water stains can be caused due to water spills, excessive moisture and also from your pet’s urine. Here are some of the best ways by which you can completely remove the stains of your hardwood flooring and protect it when you’re moving heavy things on it to prevent scratching.

Assess the Stain First

The first and foremost thing that you have to do is to assess the stains first. You need to ensure from where the stain has come from. The answer to this query will itself provide you with the solution of dissolving the stain. The tarnish will be white or black. If it is white stain, then it means that the stain has not set in past through the surface of the wood. If the stain is black in color, then the problem is greater. Black stains means that wood is damaged.

Cleaning the Black Stains

Though black stains are more problematic than that of the white one, you can remove it. Here are some of the ways to remove the stains:

  1. You have to take some bleach in a small amount and put it over the stain. Now rub the stained area properly. You have to wait for few hours and then again rub another coat of bleach over the black stains. Be careful with hardwood, since you shouldn’t clean it the way you would clean tile

  2. You have to let the stain in that way. Let set overnight until the next day. See the black stain has lightened than earlier or has been fully removed. 

  3. If not, then the next option is to strip and sand the area completely. Then you can refinish it again with the previous one. This is quite a hectic job to do. 

  4. Here, you have to first strip the finish of the wood floor and then sand the spot with the help of fine grit sandpaper. Once your wipe the area with the help of clean cloth, let it dry. Now, you have to refinish the floor and apply a sealer again.


So, these are some of the best ways on how to remove black water stains from hardwood floors. As much as your carpet flooring needs attention, wood flooring too needs a lot of attention and proper maintenance. Make sure to clean the water spills or pet stains as soon as possible. Letting it to be there can cause water damage. This can also cause permanent damage of your wooden floor. You need to make sure that you are taking proper care of it. In case of stains, you have to clean them following the above mentioned methods or reach out to a professional. These methods are the only possible ways to remove the black water stains when you’re trying to keep your home clean from top to bottom.