How To Fix Uneven Stain On Hardwood Floors

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They say, “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back” That is why home needs to be kept clean and beautiful. A great addition to the beauty of the home is hardwood flooring. It adds character and style to any property and gives that classy finish.

Hardwood floors are a great investment as they are durable and can be maintained very easily. They can be cleaned very easily, and no matter what era, all have appreciated hardwood floors.

But everything has its problems. Similarly, hardwood floors have the problem of getting uneven stains. Even if it is small, it may become an eyesore in a perfectly clean area. Thus, today we present various methods to fix uneven stain on hardwood floors that you can perform easily.

Before you read the methods, we’ll let you know that the process of removal sometimes depends on the material. Be sure to check your hardwood floor material before following our steps to remove uneven stains.

Methods to Remove Uneven Stains from Hardwood Floor:


One well-known method of removing an uneven stain from any hardwood floor is to remove the top layer of the uneven part to make it look similar to the surrounding. But you need to make sure that you do not sand it too much; else, the surface will become uneven, which will be another headache.

Use a fine piece of sandpaper and rub softly on the hardwood floor (once again, do not overdo it). This will remove a thin coating of the floor and will also remove the stains.

But this does not end here. Even after sanding, you will need a bit of staining to ensure that the entire hardwood floor looks even. Put a small amount of stain in a dry rag and wipe it over the area where you rubbed the sandpaper.

Even after that, if you still think the site needs more stain, let the previous stain dry for a few days. This way, the wood will soak the stain and allow you to add more stain without making it look bad. This depends on your aesthetics.

Even after this, if small uneven stains retain, then clean the hardwood floor by rubbing it using a rag dipped in a little bit of acetone (found in nail polish remover). Focus on rubbing the darker areas to make it look even. Try to make the area look even by blending the dark and light areas.

Keep rubbing acetone till the floor surface looks even.


stain hardwood floor to fix uneven stains

Another prominent method is to fix the uneven stains on hardwood floor is to stain it to make the overall surface look even.

Before you continue, make sure to check that your floor is not made of maple wood. They have unusually tight grain and cannot accept stain well. The method of staining maple wood floors will be given in the latter part of this article.

Materials Required:

  • Mineral spirits or acetone
  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • Stain
  • Rags
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane sealer
  • Floor buffer
  • Dust mask
  • Vacuum
  • Wood Conditioner

Apply mineral spirit or acetone to remove the stain from the wood. If there is any chemical resistant material applied to the hardwood floor, remove it using sandpaper. Rub it on the floor lightly to remove the protective coating.

Then stain the area again with another coat of stain. Let the floor dry for two days; this way, the wood will absorb the stains.

After two days, examine the area; if you see the stain is dark enough to match the surrounding hardwood floor, then seal it, and you’re all good. Else repeat this process till the area is evenly stained.

This quick fix is used to remove small patches of uneven stain from the hardwood floor. If you see a large area of the floor stained, you will need to redo the entire floor.

To redo the entire hardwood floor, at first use a buffer to sand the floor. Then remove the dust using a vacuum cleaner. Apply wood conditioner and stain the floor as required.

After that use polyurethane coating to make it chemical resistant and apply wood polish for the finishing task.

Special Case, staining maple floors:

Due to its exceptionally tight grain structure, hardwood floors made of maple does not accept stain well if applied ordinarily. For them, you need to follow the procedure given below:

The first step is to sand the floor properly. Ensure that you do not do it too much; else, the area will become rough and noticeable after you finish staining the floor.

After sanding, remove any dirt and dust as they can be prominently visible when you apply dye or stain due to its light color. Use a vacuum cleaner at least twice to ensure that all dirt has been removed.

The crucial step when it comes to staining hardwood floors made of maple is to water pop the wood. When you used the rough sandpaper to rub the wood, tiny sawdust and particles get into the wood’s pores, making it feel smooth. However, this smoothness is not helpful as this does not allow the stain to be absorbed at all.

The best way of reopening the pores is to water pop the wood. The pores in the grain reopen when water is applied to them. This makes the wood more porous; thus, a stain can be applied evenly, giving the hardwood a beautiful finish.

But be very careful. Water can be a friend when staining maple wood floors, but it can also be an enemy to wood. If you apply excessive moisture, the wood will over saturate and deteriorate the quality of wood.

Apply stain to match the darkness of the surrounding wood.

Try contacting a professional to make sure such issues never happen again.

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