How to Use WD-40 on Wood Floors

WD-40 has been known as a lubricating and penetrating product for decades, and while it may seem simple to use, it began as rocket science. Originally designed by the Rocket Chemical Company in 1953 as a degreaser and solvent for the aerospace industry, five years later it was introduced to the public. Sold from car trunks by the company's seven employees, the use of WD-40 quickly became widespread; the company changed its name to match its only product, and today boasts of over 2,000 uses for a penetrating oil that became a household name. Among its 2,000 uses are several that will remove stains from your hardwood floor.

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WD-40 can help maintain your hardwood floor.

Step 1

Sweep the stained area to remove all dirt and debris.

Step 2

Spray a small amount of WD-40 onto a lint-free cloth; two to four seconds of spray will be an ample amount to treat most stains such as crayon, adhesives, ink and permanent marker, nail polish and black scuff marks.

Step 3

Rub the stain vigorously with the dampened cloth, using a circular motion and turning the cloth to a clean area as the stain is removed.

Step 4

Repeat the process if portions of the stain are still visible.

Step 5

Clean the treated area with a hardwood floor cleaner that has been recommended by the manufacturer.