Home Cleaning Tips & Advice
How to remove mold from hardwood floors
If your hardwood
floor has gotten wet and not dried quickly or something that
was wet for a long period of time sat on it (such as an often
watered plant on a terracotta saucer) you have probably discovered
a mold stain on the floor. Here is how to remove it!
First, wash the
floor with hardwood floor soap and water, then dry well, using
a fan if the temperature is colder. Using a scraper (available
at any building supply store), gently scrape just the top
surface layer from the floor, making sure you are scraping
with the grain of the wood.
Next, use a 180
grit sanding sponge and remove the layer of mold. If the stain
is severe, you may need a small amount of dilluted bleach,
but do be aware this may stain the hardwood... you may find
tiny spots of mold stain are far less noticeable than potential
Next, use 200 grit
sanding sponge to smooth the surface again, then refinish
the hardwood, either with the same finish or with one that
has been color matched for you.