How to Clean Pet Stains Off of Parquet Flooring

What You'll Need
Nylon rubbing pad
Wood stain
Low pH cleaner
Pet odor cleanser
Paint brush

Everyone loves the look of parquet flooring, but spills and pet stains can detract from its beauty. Accidents happen, but that doesn't mean you have to replace your whole floor because of them. Rather than taking the drastic route, consider teh guide below for removing those follow the easy steps below to successfully move those stains.

Step 1 - Analyzing the Stain

The first thing you need to do is determine the severity of the stain. Surface stains will usually be just a darker hue than the actual flooring. Deep stains will have that same colored ring on the exterior, but then they will have a much darker center. Deep stains will require more treatment than surface stains, so you need to know how to prepare.

Step 2 - Repair Surface Stains

If your stain is just on the top layer of parquet flooring, you should be able to get away with using a pH cleaner and a nylon rubbing pad. Poor some of the cleaner on the pad and rub it into the stain, as per the instructions on the cleaning bottle. Let it sit for a bit, and then wipe the floors. You may need to do a few rounds of this before the stain is completely gone. If it still needs help, move on to the deeper options.

Step 3 - Repair Deeper Stains

If you need to get off a deeper stain, start by sanding the finish off your parquet flooring. If your floor is light enough, you may consider adding some bleach here to remove the stain. This doesn't work for every project. If you cannot bleach out the stain, you will need to continue sanding down the floors until all of the stain has been removed. If this task seems like it will compromise the integrity of your floors, you may want to consider replacing that section of the flooring altogether.

Step 4 - Treat the Stain

If you have a particularly bad stain, you may want to use some cleanser to neutralize the odors and the chemicals in the stain itself. Follow the instructions on the bottle for application, but make sure you adequately cover the area in question.

Step 5 - Restore the Finish

After you have gotten the stain out of the wood, you need to add the shiny finish back to the floors. Take  a wood stain that is the same color as your floor and paint it on with a paint brush. Allow it to set for the suggested time on the can, and then wipe it off. Repeat this as many times as needed. Then put polyurethane on the surface to seal in the stain, or use a comparable wood sealer. If you do all of this right, your floor should look good as new.