There are new stains on an old solid hardwood floor, probably from a rubbing
alcohol spill from a fondue. The wood has a clear hard finish, but I'm not
sure what kind: possibilities are oil-based polyurethane (Varathane) or
urethane. The wood is a medium light color, maybe maple, the old 2" or 3"
wide strips type.
The several small stained areas are a whitish color. When I rub the stains
with my fingernail, some will come off. Dish detergent on a damp sponge also
removed a bit, but it took a LOT of rubbing. and didn't remove much of the
Can anyone suggest ideas to help remove the stain?
Thanks and best wishes of the season!
Whiteish stains are often the result of water or alcohol sitting on a finish
and getting partially absorbed in and "fogging" the finish. Generally speaking
stains go away by themselves if you give them a chance to thoroughly evaporate
of the finish. Give it a week at least before doing anything else.
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I suppose if there is lanolin in it, it will say so on the bottle.
Or I would think you could pour a little in a bowl, wait for it to
evaporate, and feel the lanolin. It feels like a sheep, iiuc.
Isn't lana sheep in some language?
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I've used 71% and 91% isopropyl alcohol as well as 99% anhydrous
isopropyl alcohol to dissolve shellac flakes many times as well as
denatured alcohol and haven't seem a trace of a difference in any of
them. The whiteness/blushing is usually caused by noisture trapped in
the finish and time and warmth may let it escape in a week or so.
Several ways to help it out is use a solvent to soften the finish and
let it out during evaporation of the solvent. Try a rag moistened with
alcohol, not wet but merely damp, and wipe with the grain in a swift
motion like an airplane landing and taking off again. Another wipe
next to the first and repeat until the area is covered. Wait several
minutes and repeat. Ensure this is done when the temperature is
moderate instead of cool to help the solvent evaporate.
Thank you all, you people are just great!
The stain was removed last weekend with only five minutes of rubbing with
the same water-damped sponge and dish detergent. Much of the alcohol must
have evaporated, since it was so easy.
I don't know the answer to your problem, but I think some rubbing
alcohol has lanolin or similar in it -- you probably ought to be
using wood (denatured) alcohol in your fondue heater.
The wood has a clear hard finish, but I'm not
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