Q: Our 45-year-old, waxed hardwood floor has some white water spots. Can you suggest a procedure for me to remove the spots? Should I then spot-stain them?
— John R. Cullen, Akron
A: For a waxed floor, the National Wood Flooring Association recommends rubbing water stains or white spots with extra-fine (#000) steel wool and wax. If that fails, you can lightly sand with fine sandpaper, and then clean the spot using very fine (#00) steel wool and mineral spirits or a wood floor cleaner.
Allow the floor to dry, and then stain the spot, wax and hand buff.
You can use either a paste or liquid wax. I’d choose a good-quality wax, possibly from a flooring retailer.
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