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I am hoping someone on this forum may be able to advise me on how to go about removing the stain from my wood flooring. I live in an apartment in NYC and I was testing different methods to clean my outdoor cushions. I lay a tarp down in my living and begin cleaning the cushion with an oxiclean solution Ė and lots of it because the cushion kept absorbing all the cleaning solution. I give up and rest the cushion on my deck to dry. Due to the rain fall we have been having I decide to move the cushion in doors to finish drying. I place it at the bottom of my stairs. 12 hours later I go to move the cushion and GASP! I dropped to me knees in shock. The chemical reaction between the oxiclean and water ruined my flooring!

The stain is about 2 feet long, and is black/grey. It reminds me of the water marks left on asphalt after sitting down in a wet towel- but permanent. It appears to be a surface stain but it looks like it has some very very dense areas. I bought 100 grit multipurpose sand paper. Is there anything else I should do? I read Hydrogen Peroxide could be helpful but I canít find it any where. I think it must be a popular item these days. Information on the floors, it doesnít look like there is much of a gloss or sealant on the floors. HELP!

Note: I have a photo but I don't see a place to upload. Let me know if I'm mistaken.
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-01-2020, 11:13 AM
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Beasley - drop over to
there is a flooring sub-forum there where flooring professionals
can assist you with your concerns and issues.
keep trying to post photos as this will get you the best results.
without knowing what the finish is on your floor, and not being able
to see the damage, it is pretty hard for anyone to recommend any course of action.

this tutorial for photos works on most forums:

how to post photos:


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Hydrogen peroxide is potential bomb making material. hence not easily available.
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I think that your best bet is to inform your landlord of the problem. He can then guide you to a professional or have other suggestions.

Your post reads like you have no knowledge nor experience. If you tackle this job yourself you could possible even make it worse.

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Maybe you could try oxalic acid, I have used it to remove or lessen stains from furniture.
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Originally Posted by johnedp34 View Post
Hydrogen peroxide is potential bomb making material. hence not easily available.
Higher concentrations are, but its (normally) pretty commonly available stuff at <10% concentrations. Used as a disinfectant, which is why its probably hard to find now, and a hair bleach.

On topic, if you screwed up the floor beasley91, and you have to ask an internet forum how to repair it because youre renting, time to talk to the landlord because youre in over your head and winging it is just going to cause more problems

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