Asked on Jul 31, 2019

How can I repair wood floors with an oil stain?

by Kcole

The oil is from a Bath & Body Works wall plug in. It spilled on the wood surface. How can I remove this without compromising the wood?

  9 answers
  • Try Howard's Restor-a-Finish. I'm not sure that it will work for oil stains like that, but I've had great luck using it for other stains on wood.

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir Jeremy Hoffpauir on Jul 31, 2019

    This works very well for stains on wood:

    Hope this Helps! Jeremy -

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Aug 01, 2019

    Yikes. My mom spilled an oil diffuser on a wood dresser and we were unable to fix it.

  • Judith Judith on Aug 04, 2019

    Massage some mayonnaise on the stain with a clean white cotton cloth.

    dry it off. Do this 5-6 times and it should remove the stain. Then polish

    the spot with a small amount of floor polish. Should come out like new.

  • William William on Aug 04, 2019

    Use some Dawn dish liquid on a damp cloth.

  • Che30001531 Che30001531 on Aug 04, 2019

    The oils in the plug-in have damaged the varnish. If the Howard's Restor-A-Finish doesn't work, a little lacquer or varnish (or glossy topcoat) after a light sanding, down to a very fine grade, should do the trick.

  • Amir Hyman Amir Hyman on Jan 03, 2023

    To repair wood floors with an oil stain, you can try the following steps:

    1. Clean the area around the stain with a wood floor cleaner or a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap. Be sure to remove any dirt or debris that may be stuck in the grain of the wood.
    2. Once the area is clean, use fine-grit sandpaper to gently sand the surface of the wood around the stain. This will help to remove any roughness or imperfections in the wood and create a smooth surface for the repair.
    3. Wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove any sanding dust.
    4. Apply a wood floor filler or wood putty to the stain, using a putty knife or a small spatula. Be sure to fill the hole completely and smooth the surface of the putty.
    5. Allow the filler to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.
    6. Once the filler is dry, use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface of the repair.
    7. Wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove any sanding dust.
    8. If the repair is visible, you may need to stain or refinish the wood to match the surrounding floor. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and use caution when applying the finish.

    Remember to use caution when repairing wood floors, as the wood can be easily damaged. If you are not confident in your ability to repair the floor, it may be necessary to hire a professional.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 03, 2023

    Step 1: Use Dry-Cleaning Fluid

    Dampen the oil spot with two to three drops dry-cleaning spot remover. Scrub the spot remover gently into the wood with a soft-bristled scrub brush. Continue adding the dry-cleaning spot remover one drop at a time and scrubbing with the brush until the oil is no longer visible on the surface to get oil stains out of the wood floor. Continue, however, with the remaining steps if the oil stain is still present.

    Step 2: Prepare Oxalic Acid

    Pour one part oxalic acid and one part distilled water into a microwave-safe glass jar. Set the jar inside a microwave. Heat on high for 30-second intervals until the mixture is warm. You must keep the mixture warm during the bleaching process. Reheat for 30-second intervals until warm whenever the mixture cools.

    Step 3: Apply the Oxalic Acid Mixture

    Saturate a paintbrush in the mixture. Hold the paintbrush over the jar and let the excess mixture drip off. Apply the mixture to the oil stains in even brush strokes until the spot is thoroughly saturated. Let the bleach mixture dry on the wood floors.

    Step 4: Heat and Brush

    Continue heating the mixture and brushing it on the wood until the oil stains are no longer visible. Stop the bleaching process by rinsing the area with a neutralizing mixture of 1 gallon water and 3 oz. borax. Dip a cloth in the mixture and wipe the wood floors clean.

    Step 5: Remove the Neutralizer

    Wipe the neutralizing mixture off the wood floors with clean cloth dampened in cool water. Pat the excess moisture off the floors with a towel and let air-dry.

    Step 6: Sand the Spot

    Sand the bleached spot down with a piece of fine sandpaper. Oxalic acid has a tendency to raise the wood grain. Rub the fine sandpaper gently over the raised area for several passes. Rub with the wood grain until the raised area is level with the surrounding wood.

    Step 7: Brush On Wood Stain

    Brush wood stain on the bleached area. Use the same color stain to match the surrounding wood floors. Brush with the wood grain. Wipe the excess stain off the wood floor with a rag. Let the floor dry.