How to Remove Rubbing Alcohol From Wood

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Things You'll Need

  • Rags

  • Paper towels

  • Carnauba wax

  • Sponge

Most wood surfaces are coated with substances that rubbing alcohol can destroy.

Some may not consider spilled alcohol a means for concern. Cleaning spilled alcohol from surfaces like vinyl flooring is usually easy. A little damp mopping and the problem is solved. However, alcohol spills or drips on wood flooring and furniture may present a problem. Even a small spill will break down a portion of the surface coat. In fact, rubbing alcohol is used to strip old varnishes and waxes. Accordingly, a slight repair of the wax coating over wood is a necessary part of this small cleaning project.


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Step 1

Soak up any spilled rubbing alcohol with a rag or paper towel. Wipe the area well using a soft sponge damp with water.

Step 2

Wait one hour for the area to dry completely.

Step 3

Apply a quarter-sized dollop of carnauba wax to a soft rag. Spread it evenly over the area where the alcohol spilled.

Step 4

Buff the floor by hand using a soft cloth. Apply additional wax and buff until the stain is gone.


If the spill is really big, you may need to strip the floor and apply a new layer of wood protectant.

Rinse rags well after soaking up rubbing alcohol.

Do not use any chemical cleaners that are not specifically designed for wood. They will cause permanent damage to wood surfaces.


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