Wood floors are stylish, durable and can add value to a home. In certain situations, wood floors can be stained with sticky adhesives, which temporarily ruins the appearance of the wood floor. Adhesives tend to collect dirt, dust and debris, causing a beautiful wood floor to appear dirty and dingy. Fortunately, adhesive residue can be removed from wood floors with simple solutions. Never apply harsh abrasives to the wood floor to prevent damaging the finish.
Things You'll Need
- Cleaning bucket
- Work gloves
- Clean cloth
- Dry towel
- Clean rag
- Odorless mineral spirits
Fill a teakettle with water. Place the teakettle on a stove, until the water boils.
Pour the boiling water into a cleaning bucket. Put on work gloves, to protect your hands from the boiling water.
Dampen a clean cloth in the boiling water. Rub the dampened cloth over the adhesive residue.
Use a dry towel to thoroughly wipe up the hot water and adhesive. Inspect the floor for remaining adhesive residue.
Dampen a clean rag with odorless mineral spirits, if residue remains. Rub the rag over the adhesive residue, until the residue is completely removed.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not pour the boiling water or mineral spirits directly onto the wood floor; the wood can become damaged.
- Photo Credit texture of wooden floor image by Elnur from Fotolia.com
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