How to Remove a Polyurethane Stain Spill from Laminate Flooring

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Dana asked: I accidentally spilled some stain/polyurethane combo on new laminate. Do you have any tips to remove it?

A polyurethane spill on laminate flooring may look like a disaster, but thanks to the durability of laminate and the effectiveness of this cleaning technique you’ll have it up in no time! Fresh stains will be easier to remove, but with enough elbow grease even an old stain should come clean. Here’s what you need to do:

You Will Need:

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Wear eye and hand protection when working with mineral spirits and make sure the area is well ventilated. Check the product label for other suggested safety precautions.
  2. Dampen the rag with the mineral spirits. Do not pour mineral spirits directly onto the laminate flooring. It may seep below the floor and cause moisture damage.
  3. Rub the rag over the spill. Switch the cleaning surface of the rag frequently so you don’t rub the stain back into the floor. If the cloth begins to dry or lose its cleaning effectiveness, re-wet it with more mineral spirits or switch to a clean rag.
  4. Once the stain is lifted, wipe the area with a clean cloth dampened with water. This should remove any remaining traces of the mineral spirits.
  5. Be sure to properly dispose of all rags used in the cleaning process. The label will offer guidelines for hazardous waste material cleanup.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Store mineral spirits out of the reach of children and in adherence to all product label directions.
  • Although mineral spirits are deemed safe for laminate flooring, it’s always best to spot test in a hidden area before you get started.
  • Always properly ventilate the area, even if it’s an odorless product. The chemicals that can harm you are still there, even if you can’t smell them.
  • Avoid direct or prolonged contact with skin, especially if you have a pre-existing skin condition.

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