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Question DetailsAsked on 6/17/2016

how to remove boot prints and smears that are on hardwood immediately after installation -Bona doesn't work

we had engineered hardwood floors put in just before putting our home on the market. They left behind areas that are smeared (almost looks like oil- but will not come off with mineral spirits or Bona) along with boot prints on the hardwood. What could this be and how do we get it off?

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Call the contractor back to clean up after themselves properly - and they were incompetent if any crew member wore black sole shoes doing hardwood !

Common solutions - through as you move down the list the chances of permanent loss of shine or damaging the finish increases. With any liquid, do N OT spray or pouyr on floor - pour on cloth to make a wet spot, then dab towards center of problem area so as to not smear it around. Dab and short wipe to center, clean surface on rag, repeat multiple times rather than heavy use/rubbing.
0) for the "oil" - probably excess glue they did not wipe off - wet wipe with water with a bit of hardwood/finish floor safe cleaner like 409 for floors, let soak for a few seconds before wiping off - some is water soluble, some water-based but will not resoften when rewetted, some immune to water
1) wipe with rubbing alcohol, without letting it sit - and always wipe towards center of the mark, to avoid smearing it further around. Will remove waxes but shouldnot hurt finihs UNLESS shellac (which is never used these days for floors except for historic properties)
2) wipe with cloth dampened with paint thinner (mineral spirits) - though will remove any wax, not most finishes unless you let it soak in
3) dry wipe (moderate scrubbing) with a used dryer anti-static sheet like Bounce
4) erase (especially the black boot marks) with a non-abrasive eraser - NOT regular red ones that have abrasive in them, but the drafting/art true rubber erasers - commonly slightly yellowish or orangish cube, semi-translucent. Rub lightly many passes rather than bearing down, and with the grain only.
5) WD40 - though here and onward in the list you are getting into things that WILL remove any wax or clearcoat on the wood
6) nail polish remover (laquer thinner)
7) automotive brake cleaner sprayed on rag or paper towel to wipe
8) acetone

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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