How to Remove Water Stains on Wood Floors

Many people have plants in plant pots sitting directly on their wood floor. Often, plant pots leak without your noticing when you water the flowers. When you move the pots to vacuum you see dark round spots on your wood floor.

Photo Courtesy: Bona

Photo Courtesy: Bona

Here are some tips on how to remove those stains.

On lacquered floors:

  • Move the plant pot and wipe up any liquid. Let dry, and keep well ventilated for 24 hours.
  • If you can still see the stain, it means the fluid has soaked into the wood.
  • Bona recommends contacting a Bona Certified Craftsman (like MODA Floors & Interiors) for more advice and practical help.

On oiled floors:

  • Move the plant pot and wipe up any liquid. Let dry, and keep well ventilated for 24 hours.
  • Spray the surface with Cleaner for Oiled Floors, use a Microfiber Cleaning Pad and let dry thoroughly. If you see a dark color or ring in the wood, it indicates that water has soaked into the wood. To fix the stain, sand the surface with very fine sandpaper. Then add oil to where the stain was. Be sure to choose the same oil you used previously. If you’re not sure and need assistance, contact a Bona Certified Craftsman for further advice and practical help.


  • Always put plant pots on saucers with felt pads or other protection to collect water and moisture.
  • Move your plant pots occasionally so that they dont stand in the same place for too long. This will avoid color changes from sunlight.



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Today each of Shaw’s Nylon 6 carpets as well as their solid and engineered hardwood flooring have successfully achieved certification by passing all of the Cradle to Cradle requirements:

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5. Manufacturers must be socially engaged and at the forefront of holistic innovation.

Shaw uses the cradle-to-cradle philosophy to provide consumers with the most beautiful and sustainable flooring in the world,

How to Choose the Right Species of Flooring

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Choosing the right species of wood flooring is strictly a matter of style, budget and personal preference. More than 50 domestic and imported species of wood are available to achieve a unique look.

Dark woods, such as walnut or mahogany, generally make a room seem more stately and refined.

Medium woods, including hickory and oak, create a warm and cozy feel for any space.

Light woods, such as ash or maple, usually make a room appear more open and airy.

Exotic species can offer even more color options. Bubinga, which originates in Africa, can appear pink, red or reddish brown, with purple streaks or veins. Australian Cypress ranges from cream-colored sapwood to honey-gold heartwood, with dark brown knots and holes throughout. Burmese Teak from Asia varies from yellowish brown to a dark, golden brown.

Once you decide on a look, consider how the floors will be used. Are you a retired couple living alone or do you have a busy family with young children and pets? Each wood species is rated for its hardness and durability using the Janka scale.

The Janka scale gives a good indication of how likely a wood is to dent or show other wear. For example, domestic black cherry is ranked at 950 on the Janka scale, while Brazilian cherry is ranked much higher at 2,820, nearly three times the hardness of the domestic species. Black cherry would be a good choice for an older couple because their floor will see less traffic, while the Brazilian cherry might be best for the busy family with small children and an active pet.

Source: National Wood Flooring Association