How Can I Fix a Burnt Wooden Floor?

If the dreaded does happen, and you accidentally burn or singe your beautiful engineered wood, parquet or hardwood flooring, and you’re wondering how to fix a damaged wood floor, how to get burn marks out of wood, or whether a burn mark goes away, don’t fret, you’ve come to the right place.

The good news is, they can usually be remedied and will look as good as new in no time.

The main culprits for burn marks on your wooden floors are usually candles, cigarettes, irons, hair straighteners, as well as fallen ash from wood burning stoves.

Here we have created a list of common questions we are regularly asked, relating to how to repair a damaged wood floor that has been burnt.

How to remove black burn marks from wood floor

Black burn marks are a result of scorching your hardwood, engineered wood, or parquet floors.

It is, however, important to note that not all black marks are caused by heat; some are caused by:

  • Sap stains due to a certain fungus growing in the wood
  • Cleaning products and chemical stains examples include acetone (usually found in nail polish remover), oil, milk, chlorine, acetic oil (commonly found in vinegar-based products), pet mess (such as urine, sick and faeces) and Tannic acid (the result of a chemical reaction from a product used to prevent trees from being affected by bacteria and insects, with the finishing material applied to the wood).
  • Mould can be caused due to moisture in the air.

So, the question is, what is the best way to remove these stains? The first thing you need to be certain of is whether it’s a burn mark or not. If there is a chance it could be one of the others listed above, you should seek advice from a wood floor specialist like Sussex Floor Restoration.

To remedy black burn marks, online forums may suggest different methods, but the most effective method will first entail determining if the area is salvageable or needs to be replaced.

If salvageable, this will involve ensuring you have the appropriate wood floor refinishing tools at hand to complete the job effectively. These can be hired or bought from DIY stores. Once you have the tools available, the process will include cleaning the affected area, then sanding the floor back, making sure you are going with the grain and not against it, filling in any gaps and then coating the floor with an oil or water-based finish.

Here we have included a link to our restoration process, so you can get an idea of what we offer, saving you the hassle of trying to repair the damage yourself.

How to get rid of white burn marks on wood

White burn marks are caused by heat being placed onto wood. The pores in the wood then expand and the moisture such as steam created during this process is then absorbed into the surface of the flooring, which then settles and leaves behind the white discolouration. This is still the case for engineered, hardwood or parquet flooring that has been sealed already. They are all prone to white burn marks if heat is applied.

Other causes of white marks on wooden floors

Not all white marks are because of heat, some are simply caused by moisture itself. This can include not mopping up a spilt liquid straight away, excessive dampness in the room, a leaking pipe or even water from your shoes.

Given the fact there are different types of white marks that can exist on your wood floor, providing a solution would be a challenge without inspecting the damage.

There are several remedies that you can find online which range from adding toothpaste and baking soda to create a paste, to adding more heat (please don’t do this!), lacquer thinner or even a super fine thin wool.

Is it worth the stress of trying these methods yourself? Let’s not forget, this will entail investing in products you will never use again, potentially making the affected area even worse by either changing the colour of the floor or even scratching the surface, so you have yet another challenge to contend with.

Completing a full survey on the affected area, by appointing a professional wooden floor restorer would be your best point of action. This option may in the end come out more cost effective than you expected, and a lot cheaper than it would be if you had caused irreversible damage.

Wood floor repair and refinish near me

If you are based in Sussex and are wondering where to go to have your engineered wood, hardwood or parquet floor repaired from burn marks, please get in touch today, by emailing info@sussexfloorrestoration.co.uk, or calling 01444 810505.

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